SOURCE: The New Yorker
A social media discussion among constitutional law professors has proposed minimizing the discussion of the racist language of the notorious Dred Scott decision. Does this do violence to historical understanding of the longstanding accommodation of the constitution to racism?
Judicial Overreach in High Partisan Times: How the Dred Scott Decision Broke the Democrats and Boomeranged on the Court
by James A. Morone
We usually parse Dred Scott v. Sandford as the Worst Decision Ever, but it also offers an overlooked political lesson. The Court waded into a high partisan battle and badly damaged the institutions behind the ruling.
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