Category Court Cases

Reconsideration of Dred Scott v. Sandford

This is a really good discussion of the Dred Scott case. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer presides along with nine appeals court judges to hear testimony on the Dred Scott case and to cross examine the witnesses. Professors Paul Finkelman and Akhil Reed Amar are among the witnesses who testify. I thought John Stauffer was […]

Carlisle v. United States

The citation for this case is 83 [16 Wall.] US 147. In this case, the claimants, who were British subjects resident in the United States, began to manufacture saltpeter in Santa Cave, which is about 7 miles southwest of Scottsboro, Alabama, in December of 1861. They sold this saltpeter, a key ingredient of gunpowder, to […]

Lincoln, Slavery, and the Dred Scott Case

Here’s Professor Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College conducting a class in his course on the Civil War Era. In this class he introduces Abraham Lincoln and discusses Lincoln’s views on slavery and the infamous Dred Scott Supreme Court decision. The video’s description tells us, “Professor Allen Guelzo talked about Abraham Lincoln, his views on […]

Hanauer v. Doane

The citation for this case is 79 US [12 Wall.] 342. L. and J. Hanauer gave Hunter & Oakes a promissory note. Some of the note was for private use and the rest was used to purchase supplies for the confederate army, which Louis Hanauer was contracted to supply to the confederates. Samuel Doane, the […]

Stewart v. Kahn

The citation for this case is 78 US [11 Wall.] 493. On August 10, 1860 the New Orleans trading firm of Bloom, Kahn & Company took out a promissory note to the New York firm of A. T. Stewart & Company, and promised to pay $3,226.24 at maturity of the note, which would be on […]

Georgia v. Stanton

The citation for this case is 73 US [6 Wall.] 50. This is a case out of Reconstruction where Georgia challenged the constitutionality of the Reconstruction Acts and sought to keep Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, and Third Military District Commander Major General John Pope from enforcing those acts. Georgia […]

State of Mississippi v. Johnson

The citation for this case is 71 US 475. In reaction to the Reconstruction Acts, the State of Mississippi brought suit to keep Andrew Johnson and the US Government from enforcing those laws. As the introduction to the case tells us, “This was a motion made by Messrs. Sharkey and R. J. Walker, on behalf […]