how did the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) impact the united states?
- JosephineLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Four years after Chief Justice Taney read his infamous Scott v. Sandford decision, parts of the proslavery half of the Union had seceded and the nation was engaged in civil war. Because of the passions it aroused on both sides, Taney's decision certainly accelerated the start of this conflict. Even in 1865, as the long and bloody war drew to a close with the Northern, antislavery side on top, a mere mention of the decision struck a nerve in the Northern Congress. A simple and customary request for a commemorative bust of Taney, to be placed in a hall with busts of all former Supreme Court Chief Justices, was blocked by the Republican-controlled Congress. Charles Sumner, the leader of those who blocked the request, had strong words on the late Chief Justice and his most notorious decision...
Dred Scott's case holds a unique place in American constitutional history as an example of the Supreme Court trying to impose a judicial solution on a political problem. The ruling, which helped to precipitate the Civil War, has long been considered one of the court's great "self-inflicted" wounds.
- PaulaLv 44 years ago
The commonality between Scott and Roe is simple: judicial activism. The Court had no business ruling in either. I think your comparison is not fair. Slave owners were not immoral at the time of their ownership. Right or wrong, that is how it was done. Abortionists are a different beast. While I oppose abortion, the abortionists are not defeated by talking like this.