Mrs. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery's Frontier

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Abbreviations
CCHRPCircuit Court Historical Records Project (St. Louis circuit court records from the nineteenth century). Available at http:// stlcourtrecords.westl.edu/resources.php
LT JournalsJournals of Lawrence Taliaferro, Minnesota Historical Society Manuscript Collection
Minn HSMinnesota Historical Society, St. Paul
Mo HSMissouri Historical Society, St. Louis
NANational Archives, Washington, DC
PCDPSt. Louis Probate Court Digitization Project, 1802–1900. Available at www.sos.mo.gov/archives/mojudicial/stl_history.as
S Accts RG 217, E 516Settled Accounts of the Army Paymaster, Research Group 217, Entry 516, National Archives

Introduction

1.60 U.S. 393 (1857).

2. These facets of Dred Scott have been explored in sources such as: Paul Finkelman, An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity (1981); Stanley I. Kutler, ed., The Dred Scott Decision (1967); Walter Ehrlich, They Have No Rights: Dred Scott’s Struggle for Freedom (1979); Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics (1978); Dianne Lewis Heafer, A Historiographical Study of the Taney Court and the Dred Scott Decision (1985); Vincent C. Hopkins, Dred Scott’s Case (1951); Joel Parker, Personal Liberty Laws, and Slavery in the Territories (1861); Theodore Clarke Smith, Parties and Slavery, 1850–1859 (1906).

3. The Dred Scott decision played a major role in the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. In the speeches leading up to the debates, Senator Stephen Douglas argued that the right to bring slaves into formerly free territory was meaningless if the local legislature and law enforcement did not enforce it. Abraham Lincoln blamed Douglas’s Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 for demonstrating a moral indifference that would eventually lead to a totally slave-holding United States. In the debates themselves, Douglas accused Lincoln of supporting full racial equality while Lincoln claimed that while he did not believe in full equality, he did profess that blacks had the right to earn their own living as whites did. David Brion Davis, Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), 288–90.

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