Justice taney had a very clear opinion of african

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Justice Taney had a very clear opinion of African Americans, and it was the true reason for this decision. The most interesting part of the majority opinion is when Taney explains the Declaration of Independence. He says that although the words may say “All men created equal” the authors of such a fine document would never have considered African Americans to fall under that umbrella. It would be absurd to think that the founders would view slaves as anything more than property. 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 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 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,
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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.
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