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Dred Scott Case

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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
Baltimore, Maryland, Sun [American], (09 March 1857)
The decision just made in the Dred Scott case, an obscure African, by the Supreme Court of the United States, is probably the most important that ever emanated from that highest tribunal of our country.
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.
Baltimore, Maryland, Sun [American], (10 March 1857)
the United States Supreme Court decides the unconstitutionality of the Missouri compromise act, and rules that a colored man cannot be a citizen of the United States
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.
Baltimore, Maryland, Sun [American], (11 March 1857)
we can but foresee that this decision will create, everywhere, a profound sensation
Raleigh, North Carolina, Standard [Democratic], (11 March 1857)
The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday last, delivered through Chief Justice Taney its decision in the Dred Scott case, containing the following opinions:
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
Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer [Democratic], (11 March 1857)
The opinion of the United States Supreme Court in the Dred Scott case in which seven of the nine Judges concur, is unquestionably the most important one in itself, and its bearings upon the leading political question of the day that has been pronounced within the present century.
Columbus, Ohio, State Journal [Republican], (11 March 1857)
Many good-natured, Union-loving men hoped that the administration of Buchanan would be an improvement upon that of Franklin Pierce.
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
Springfield, Illinois, State Journal [Republican], (14 March 1857)
the power of Congress to make all needful rules and regulations respecting the Territory was not, as the majority of the Court expressed, limited to territory belonging to the United States at the time of the adoption of the Constitution
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.
Columbus, Ohio, State Journal [Republican], (14 March 1857)
The United States Supreme Court consists of of nine judges.
Springfield, Illinois, State Journal [Republican], (16 March 1857)
We give this morning an abstract of the opinions of Justice McLean and Curtis, dissenting from said decision, wherein they maintain that the Missouri Compromise is constitutional
Louisville, Kentucky, Journal [American], (16 March 1857)
At a single blow it shatters and destroys the platform of the Republican party.
Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer [Democratic], (16 March 1857)
Since the demise of the late Republican Party on the fifth of November, a post mortem has revealed some of the principal causes of the the brevity of its life, which before was but partially known, for the depth of its corruption and canker sores could not be probed while the body was shrieking and struggling.
Springfield, Illlinois, State Journal [Republican], (17 March 1857)
several of the Supreme Court Judges are getting their opinions printed privately, and have revised them to conform to the points of Judges Curtis and McLean
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.
Springfield, Illinois, State Journal [Republican], (17 March 1857)
Yes, he has done all this, and delivered one of the most atrocious law opinions that has ever disgraced the history of the courts of civilized nations.
Springfield, Illinois, State Journal [Republican], (17 March 1857)
The last thing we should anticipate from our Southern brethren would be a self-reproach that they had not been true to themselves
Springfield, Illinois, State Journal [Republican], (18 March 1857)
There is a party at Washington, evidently, which derives great comfort from this notable judgment; it is talked of as the new corner stone of slave expansion, something almost equal to a palladium of liberty.
Raleigh, North Carolina, Standard [Democratic], (18 March 1857)
We publish to-day, at length, the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, delivered by Chief Justice Taney, in the Dred Scott case.
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.
New Orleans, Louisiana, Daily Delta [Democratic], (19 March 1857)
The late formal decision of the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott case has been undergoing the most vigorous and untiring explanation and discussion in the New York journals, and no end of incomprehensible legal profundity is employed to mystify the few intelligible points of constitutionality and law contained in the decision.
Albany, New York, Evening Journal [Republican], (19 March 1857)
Five of its nine silk gowns are worn by Slaveholders.
Columbus, Ohio, State Journal [Republican], (25 March 1857)
ThomH. Benton, in his copy-righted, Union-saving lecture, states "that the Constitution of the United States sets out with the declaration that 'slaves are property,'" to which Mr. Giddings replies in a long letter.
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, Ohio, State Journal [Republican], (31 March 1857)
The official organ of Mr. Buchanan at Washington, The Union, is trying its hand at expositions of Scripture.
Columbus, Wisconsin, Republican Journal [Republican], (31 March 1857)
It strikes at the very vitals of our free institutions
Columbus, Ohio, State Journal [Republican], (3 April 1857)
We call the especial attention of our readers to the Report and Resolutions of the Committee of the Legislature in regard to the judicial outrage known as the opinion of the U. S. Supreme Court upon the Dred Scott case.
Little Rock, Arkansas, Daily Gazette [American], (4 April 1857)
The Black Republican papers, with but few exceptions, so far as we have seen, are down upon the Supreme Court, for their decision in the Dred Scott case.