I had this date marked in my calendar and was praying some other blogger had something smart to say about it, so I could do a nice link and clip.

Enter, Christopher Bracey at BlackProf:

As most of you know, in that case, the Supreme Court declared that Dred Scott and his family were not citizens of the United States and thus could not sue for their freedom in federal court. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Roger Taney, is perhaps the single worst opinion written in the history of our nation. It was a case driven by politics that undermined the Court’s legitimacy for years to come.

Bracey goes on to write a fascinating piece involving the descendants of Dred Scott, and in light of recent discussions on the influence of slavery, it’s a great read. Thanks Dr. Bracey!

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