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Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America

Racial hatred is one of the ugliest of human emotions. And the United States not only once condoned it, it also mandated it?wove it right into the fabric of American jurisprudence. Federal and state governments legally suspended the free will of blacks for 150 years and then denied blacks equal protection of the law for

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Racial hatred is one of the ugliest of human emotions. And the United States not only once condoned it, it also mandated it?wove it right into the fabric of American jurisprudence. Federal and state governments legally suspended the free will of blacks for 150 years and then denied blacks equal protection of the law for another 150.

How did such crimes happen in America? How were the laws of the land, even the Constitution itself, twisted into repressive and oppressive legislation that denied people their inalienable rights?

Taking the Dred Scott case of 1957 as his shocking center, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano tells the story of how it happened and, through it, builds a damning case against American statesmen from Lincoln to Wilson, from FDR to JFK.

Born a slave in Virginia, Dred Scott sued for freedom based on the fact that he had lived in states and territories where slavery was illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Scott, denied citizenship to blacks, and spawned more than a century of government-sponsored maltreatment that destroyed lives, suppressed freedom, and scarred our culture.

Dred Scott’s Revenge is the story of America’s long struggle to provide a new context?one in which “All men are created equal,” and government really treats them so.

Comments

Kindle Customer says:

Dred Scott’s Revenge — A MUST Read

Craig Matteson says:

A very worthwhile recouting of how violation of the natural rights of African Americans has distorted our society

Jack Gardner says:

Now We Are All Losing Our Rights Without agreeing with all of Judge Napolitano’s characterizations, the real theme of this book is timely and essentially illustrated: the theory of positive law, once applied to justify slavery, is now applied to all citizens. The theory of law once used to deny the rights of some is now used to deny the rights of all.

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