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Jan. 22, 2001

The Dred Scott Case, 

The Washington University (St. Louis) Libraries present a digital collection of original documents from the Dred Scott case. Graphical images of the documents are posted, as well as transcriptions in Microsoft Word and HTML formats. Included are petitions, motions, notices, depositions, writs, jury instructions, stipulations, and decisions.

The site also provides a chronology, complete with links to other websites that contain related information.

The Law Library's collection contains the following books on the Dred Scott decision, all in the Classified Stacks:

  • Constitutional myth-making: lessons from the Dred Scott case, by Cass R. Sunstein, 1996. KF209.C55 no. 37 at Classified Stacks.
  • The Dred Scott case, its significance in American law and politics, by Don E. Fehrenbacher, 1978. KF4545.S5F43 at Classified Stacks.
  • 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, by Thomas Hart Benton, 1969 (originally published in 1857). E450.S35 1969 at Classified Stacks.
  • The Dred Scott decision: law or politics?, 1967. KF4545.S5K8 at Classified Stacks.
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