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The Dred Scott Case (1857)

Albany, New York Evening Journal [Republican], (7 March 1857)
It is no novelty to find the Supreme Court following the lead of the Slavery Extension party, to which most of its members belong
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Gazette [Republican], (7 March 1857)
We may henceforth throw to the winds the reasoning of Story and the decisions of Marshall
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Gazette [Republican], (7 March 1857)
We cannot speak for the Republican party; but we feel free to say that it will spurn this decision
Cincinnati, Ohio Daily Enquirer [Democratic], (8 March 1857)
This is a complete vindication of the doctrine of the Nebraska Bill
Albany, New York Evening Journal [Republican], (9 March 1857)
a new shackle for the North will be handed to the servile Supreme Court, to rivet upon us.
Albany, New York Evening Journal [Republican], (10 March 1857)
Judge Taney requests the American people to believe that the framers of the Constitution did not know their own minds.
Richmond, Virginia Enquirer [Democratic], (10 March 1857)
in contradistinction to and in repudiation of the diabolical doctrines inculcated by factionists and fanatics; and that too by a tribunal of jurists, as learned, impartial and unprejudiced as perhaps the world has ever seen.
Albany, New York Evening Journal [Republican], (10 March 1857)
The half million of men and women paralysed by the atheistic logic of the decision of the case of Dred Scott
Albany, New York Evening Journal [Republican], (10 March 1857)
a blot upon our National character abroad, and a long-remembered shame at home.
Albany, New York Evening Journal [Republican], (11 March 1857)
the People will from the hour of this Dred decision, unintermittingly roll back this mixed Conspiracy
New York Tribune [Republican], (11 March 1857)
auctions of black men may be held in front of Faneuil Hall
Springfield, Illinois Illinois State Register [Democratic], (12 March 1857)
the black republicans have wasted more breath, ink and time on the Missouri compromise
New York Tribune [Republican], (12 March 1857)
our liberties may be subverted, our rights trampled upon; the spirit of our institutions utterly disregarded
Richmond, Virginia Enquirer [Democratic], (13 March 1857)
Abolitionism must now unmask, and wage its warfare openly and above board against the government
Natchez, Mississippi Courier [American], (14 March 1857)
This is a seeming blow at the doctrine of squatter sovereignty, but not quite as hard a one as we could wish the Court had given.
Louisville, Kentucky Journal [American], (16 March 1857)
At a single blow it shatters and destroys the platform of the Republican party.
Charleston, South Carolina Mercury [Democratic], (17 March 1857)
slavery is guaranteed by the constitutional compact.
Richmond, Virginia Enquirer [Democratic], (17 March 1857)
if they would let us alone and leave slavery to the states, and to the same protection and privileges enjoyed by all other property under the Constitution, the agitation of the question would come to an end on the instant.
Concord, New Hampshire New Hampshire Patriot [Democratic], (18 March 1857)
It utterly demolishes the whole black republican platform and stamps it as directly antagonistical to the constitution.
Albany, New York Evening Journal [Republican], (19 March 1857)
Five of its nine silk gowns are worn by Slaveholders.
Charleston, South Carolina Mercury [Democratic], (27 March 1857)
we shall acquire, by the decision of the Supreme Court, not one right more than they granted to us before -- not one foot of slave territory more than we would have acquired without it.
Milledgeville, Georgia Federal Union [Democratic], (31 March 1857)
The late decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Dred Scott case, will bring the enemies of the South face to face with the Constitution of their country.
Columbus, Wisconsin Republican Journal [Republican], (31 March 1857)
It strikes at the very vitals of our free institutions