The Bribe of the Righteous
Isabel Paterson,"The Riddle of Chief Justice Taney in the Dred Scott Decision," Georgia Review 3 (Summer 1949), 201.
comments powered by Disqus
Geoffrey Allan Plauche - 7/25/2006
If you have it in pdf format, I'd love to see it. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
David T. Beito - 5/31/2006
It is very hard to summarize quickly. She is critical of the decision but her analysis of why it was wrong strikes me as multi-layered and highly original.
She rejects as nonsense Taney's claim that the founders all all thought that blacks had no rights the white man was bound to respect. As she points out, most of the founders (at least in theory) regarded blacks as human beings with rights. She also thinks that Taney, who was in his twenties when Washington died, knew this fact but wanted to find some pretext to pave the way for colonization.
Like many of the founders (and even Lincoln), he disliked slavery but thought but did not want a society wherer free blacks and free whites live together as equals.
According to Paterson, the crux of the Scott decision was Taney's finding that blacks were non-citizens. She notes that non-citizens, unlike citizens, could be deported e.g. colonized. I can send the article to you if you like.
Jonathan J. Bean - 5/30/2006
A tease of quote, David. How does it relate to Paterson's take on Dred Scott?
- Jewish history is under siege in the middle east and these volunteers are risking their lives to protect it
- 'Amazon should stop selling Holocaust denial books'
- National Museum of African American History and Culture Reaches Milestone of 1 Million Visitors
- What Makes a President Great? Clipping? Sipping? Slashing?
- Carla Hayden says Frederick Douglass "might have a lot to do with the fact that I am a librarian”
- Historian and Antiwar Activist Marilyn Young Dies at 79
- Trump Chooses Historian H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser
- Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt Explains Why People Believe Trump's Lies
- Princeton’s Harold James warns World War Three is now a "serious threat”
- Israeli schools' history lessons create good soldiers, says pundit