Dred Scott V. Sandford: A Prelude To The Civil War

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Slavery and Westward Expansion had a very volatile relationship in the Antebellum era America and would contribute to the American Civil War. Westward expansion and the Missouri Compromise of 1820 would be a way to preserve unity within the Union, but over the next 30 years, ties between the Northern and Southern states would be strained as more territory is gained and the question regarding slavery’s place within these new lands. Through an analysis of book and article sources, one gains the idea that Westward expansion, slavery, and the place of Africans and their rights would continue to tear away at the union until it was ripped apart when South Carolina secedes from the Union and is followed by six more states after the election of President …show more content…
Sandford: a prelude to the civil war.” In this essay, Jackson, offers the critique that the Dred Scott decision may have become known as a travesty of justice on the supreme court record, It was a necessary evil on the road to ending slavery. The Dred Scott decision had consequences that were far-reaching and dealt with Dred Scott, a slave who sued his former masters for his freedom, but was denied in the highest court of the land. In her essay, Jackson like Forbes discusses the Tallmadge Amendment and its following compromise that pitted the Northern and Southern states against one another until after the civil war. Jackson also emphasizes the important role Clay played in brokering the compromise as well as the importance of maintaining the political balance. Jackson expands upon some of the ideas Forbes presented when dealing with the Dred Scott decision, for example elaborating on the preceding of the case and also the influence of the case on the belief that the black man was inferior. She also agrees with Forbes, that when looking at the story of America, it is important that the contradiction slavery and the foundation of liberty be examined. When looking at The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America and “Dred Scott v. Sandford: a prelude to the civil war”, both authors come to similar conclusions, the most obvious of which is the effect of the Dred Scott on the idea of African inferiority as well as it’s importance as a causative event for the American Civil

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