United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

Dred Scott decision

Chief Justice Roger Taney wrote
the Dred Scott opinion
(Source: Harvard Law School)

Question 131477

Which of the following is not true of the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision of the Supreme Court?

(A) it was an issue of disagreement in the Lincoln-Douglas debates
(B) it determined blacks could not be American citizens
(C) abolitionists were divided on the correctness of the decision
(D) Southern supporters of slavery claimed the decision was essential to the preservation of the union
(E) it ruled that Congress had no right to limit slavery in the territories, so essentially overruling the Missouri Compromise's restriction on slavery north of the 36°30' line was unconstitutional

Answer & Explanation

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