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The United States Supreme Court's decision in the Dred Scott case stated that since Scott was black, he was not a citizen and therefore had no right to sue. The decision also declared the Missouri Compromise of 1820, legislation which restricted slavery in certain territories, unconstitutional. The pro-abolition newspapers in the North denounced the decision. However, not all northern newspapers were in favor of abolition. This article printed by the Franklin Democrat, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, commends the decision as well considered and consistant with the Constitution. The Franklin Democrat was a weekly newspaper that was published in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from 1842 to 1860.


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"The Decision of the Supreme Court" article in the Franklin Democrat newspaper

publisher   Franklin Democrat
date   Mar 16, 1857
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   10.25"
width   2.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.112

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