ISBN 1575887312 2003 Benton, Thomas Hart [1782-1858]. Historical and Legal Examination of That Part of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Dred
Scott Case Which Declares the Unconstitutionality of the Missouri Compromise Act, and the Self-Extension of the Constitution to Territories, Carrying Slavery Along With It. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1857. Reprint. Buffalo: William S. Hein & Co., 2003. 4, -193 pp. Cloth. New. * A critical examination of the Dred Scott decision, along with an argument against the Missouri Compromise that asserts that slaves are not subject to federal legislation because they are property. One of the most important political figures in Antebellum America, Benton was a Missouri senator for thirty years. Generally proslavery, he opposed its extension during the 1840s because he believed it would inhibit national growth, threaten the Union and encourage the development of plantations at the expense of small freeholders.
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