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Examination of the Dred Scott Case 1858  

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Historical and Legal Examination of That Part of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Dred Scott Case, Which Declares the Unconstitutionality of the Missouri Compromise Act, and the Self-Extension of the Constitution to Territories, Carrying Slavery Along With It

Benton, Thomas H

New York

D. Appleton and Company



4, [1], 4-193, [1] + 6 ad pp. 23x14 cm (9x5½") original brown cloth stamped in blind lettered in gilt. 

Thomas Benton was one of the first two U.S. Senators elected in Missouri in 1820. Benton was also a U.S. Congressman, an officer in the War of 1812, and fought a duel with Andrew Jackson. Later in life he authored the current work, which he used to denounce the Supreme Court's ruling on the Dred Scott case as bad constitutional law. 

While Benton mentions his respect for the Supreme Court Justices, he describes this decision of the court as "evil." He was a strong supporter of the Union, and spoke in many cites around the country trying to promote peace. Howes B367.

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General wear to cloth with rubbing to extremities, sunning to spine, small areas of loss to cloth at spine; rubbing to endpapers, most of rear free endpaper lacking, scattered light foxing; about very good.

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