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This case did not just condemn one man to slavery it

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This case did not just condemn one man to slavery; it also voided the Missouri Compromise on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. Taney argues that it is unconstitutional because the constitution
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only mentions slavery in the context that the government shall allow the slave trade until 1808, and in Taney's words, “And the Government in express terms is pledged to protect it in all future time if the slave escapes from his owner.” Taney is referring to article IV section two of the constitution which states, “No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.” Taney's entire argument is centered around the fact that the constitution does not view African Americans as people, however the section he chooses to support his case clearly refers to a “person.” Now I don't want to say Taney is a crazy racist bending the constitution to help spread slavery, while ignoring how absurdly unjust and amoral an institution it is, and at the same time defacing and disgracing the Supreme Court by using it to void laws he finds distasteful. However, he is, he totally is. The Course of history has undoubtedly proven this decision to be one of the absolute worst ever declared by the Supreme Court. Its obvious manipulation of the Constitution, and the outright disregard for justice led to the legalization of slavery across the entire country. The extreme bias and racism that pervade the entire opinion of the court can not be ignored. The only saving grace is that this miserable failure of a decision was overturned completely by the thirteenth amendment, which finally outlawed slavery once and for all.
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