New York : Oxford University Press, 1978.
LibraryThing member dh1515
This book is in the first rank of scholarship and scholarly writing. Each sentence raises an interest expanded by the next sentence.
LibraryThing member Osorio
This book is the most thorough study of a single court case that you can find anywhere. To really understand the Dred Scott case, you have to understand the history, the politics, the law, and the people involved. Fehrenbacher nails all four. Nowhere will you find a more lively discussion of the ins and outs of obiter dictum and federal jurisdiction nor a more revealing analysis of the people central to the drama: Roger Taney, Stephen Douglas, etc. A must read for all students of American history, law, and politics.
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