All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Politics, the Supreme Court & the Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott Portrait (Louis Schultze)

Dred Scott Portrait (Louis Schultze)

Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Earl Maltz, author of the book “Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery,” details the political atmosphere in the U.S. leading up to the Dred Scott Supreme Court case, and argues that the decision in 1857 was one of the worst in the Court’s history. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.

Updated: Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 1:28pm (ET)

Related Events

Supreme Court "Mistakes": Dred Scott v. Sandford
Sunday, May 22, 2011     

In April, Pepperdine University Law School hosted a symposium, exploring the most maligned United States Supreme Court Decisions.

Anniversary of the Dred Scott Case
Sunday, March 6, 2011     

On March 6th, 1857, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dred Scott Case, which ruled that slaves were not citizens and were not protected by the Constitution. The National Association of Attorneys General hosted this discussion on the importance of the Dred Scott decision.

Professor Paul Finkelman on Dred Scott
Saturday, October 30, 2010     

Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School teaches a constitutional law course on historically significant Supreme Court cases. Today’s lecture focuses on the Dred Scott case, which in 1857 decided that people of African descent were not protected by the Constitution and were not American citizens.

Justice Stephen Breyer on the Dred Scott Case
Sunday, July 18, 2010     

The Dred Scott case is one of the most infamous Supreme Court decisions in American history. In 1857, the court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that all blacks, both slave and free, could not become citizens of the United States. Justice Stephen Breyer spoke about the case and it’s ramifications as a sitting Justice.

AHTV: 150th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision
Saturday, March 6, 2010     

The 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision was marked by a panel discussion held during the Spring 2007 meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General. Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott, spoke about the U.S. Supreme Court decision which denied that blacks could become citizens of the United States.

The Civil War: Remembering the Battle of the Crater
Wednesday     

Author Kevin Levin discusses the role of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Battle of the Crater, and the way their contributions were remembered in the years following the Civil War. The Battle of the Crater took place July 30, 1864, as part of the Union Army’s siege of Petersburg.

The Civil War: Battle of Fort Stevens 150th Anniversary
Tuesday     

Officials from the National Park Service and Washington, DC, commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. The battle took place July 11-12th, 1864, when Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early probed Washington, DC’s defenses before turning back. 

The Presidency: Presidents & the CIA
Sunday     

Author and intelligence expert Melvin Goodman describes the history of the relationship between the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency from the Truman years through today. He explains how President Truman's "quiet intelligence arm" became a politicized source of covert actions around the world from the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Iran Contra affair. The National Archives at Kansas City hosted this event. 

A Century Later: Reassessing World War I
Sunday     

World War I officially began on July 28, 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Less than a month later, most of Europe had joined the war. As the world marks the centennial of the beginning of the conflict, the National World War I Museum in Kansas City hosts a panel of historians and authors who talk about the causes and effects of the conflict once known as the “war to end all wars.”

Reel America: "A Conversation with Herbert Hoover" - 1960
Sunday     

In this hour-long 1960 NBC interview, Herbert Hoover discusses his life beyond the presidency. Speaking with reporter Ray Henle, he delves into topics including his childhood, his time in China during the Boxer Rebellion and his involvement supplying food to civilians in German-occupied Belgium during WWI. This program is part of the collections of the Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives.  

Share This Event Via Social Media

Related Resources

Washington Journal (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org