Political Atheism: Dred Scott, Roger Brooke Taney, and Orestes A. Brownson

  title={Political Atheism: Dred Scott, Roger Brooke Taney, and Orestes A. Brownson},
  author={Patrick W. Carey},
  journal={The Catholic Historical Review},
  pages={207 - 229}
  • P. Carey
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • History, Law
  • The Catholic Historical Review
The Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision in early March of 1857 inflamed the national debate over slavery and deepened the divide that led ultimately to the Civil War. The decision has been analyzed repeatedly by historians and legal scholars, and has created divergent opinions on what was legally decided and what was merely obiter dictum, and on whether the case was influenced more by politics than by law.1 Many historians claim that the decision destroyed the Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney's… 
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