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Lincolnian Natural Right, Dred Scott, and the Jurisprudence of John McLean

John McLeans opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) has been considered by most scholars as the weaker of the case's two dissenting opinions. McLeans presidential ambitions were well known, and, as a consequence, much of the moral language employed in his opinion has been interpreted as obiter... Full description

1st Person: Dyer, Justin Buckley
Source: in Polity Vol. 41, No. 1 (2009), p. 63-85
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2009
Keywords: research-article
John McLean
Dred Scott
Abraham Lincoln
natural right
slavery
constitutional aspirations
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