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The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politicsby Fehrenbacher, Don E.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Retail Price: $22.50
Issue: Summer 2001
"As law, the decision legitimized and encouraged an expansion of slavery that never took place," Don E. Fehrenbacher writes in his monumental study of Dred Scott, now reprinted. "But as a public event, the decision aggravated an already bitter sectional conflict and to some degree determined the shape of the final crisis."