Union in Crisis

Union in Crisis - Union in Crisis

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Union in Crisis Buchanan won, but his term in office began inauspiciously. Two days after his inauguration, the  Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in  Dred Scott  v.  Sanford , a key case that  addressed the status of African Americans in American society. The ruling of Chief Justice Roger  Taney was hailed in the South but blasted by infuriated antislavery forces in the North. The decision  further heightened the sectional tensions in the country.  The Dred Scott decision.  As a slave, Dred Scott had been taken by his master from the slave state of Missouri to the free  state of Illinois and then to the free territory of Wisconsin, where they lived during the 1830s. After his  master died, Scott tried to buy his freedom; when that failed, he sought relief in the courts. He 
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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