The Most Comprehensive Attack on the Dred Scott Decision Published Before the Civil War [Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858)]. 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. With an Appendix, Containing: I. The Debates in the Senate in March, 1849, Between Mr. Webster and Mr. Calhoun, On the Legislative Extension of the Constitution to Territories, As Contained in Vol. II. Ch. CLXVII. Of the "Thirty Years' View." II. The Inside View of the Sothern Sentiment, In Relation to the Wilmot Proviso, As Seen in Vol. II. Ch. CLXVIII. of the "Thirty Years' View." III. Review of President Pierce's Annual Message to Congress of December, 1856, So far as it Relates to the Abrogation of the Missouri Compromise Act and the Classification of Parties. By the Author of the "Thirty Years' View." New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1858. 193,  pp. Includes six-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper shelf label to spine, endpapers added. Light soiling and shelfwear, light rubbing to lettering pieces. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint library embossed stamp and inkstamp to title page, brief library annotation to verso. $250. * Only edition. Written by the former Missouri Senator on his deathbed, this essay was the longest attack on Taney's decision before the Civil War. It attracted a good deal of attention because Benton was a respected figure from a slave state. He was a moderate critic of slavery; he opposed abolition and the extension of slavery. Finkelman, Slavery in the Courtroom 50-1. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 11878.
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