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The Supreme Court Ruling

Updated on August 30, 2011

The Constitution is a famous American document. The fast paced movie “National Treasure” starring Nicolas Cage rekindle my interest in this famous document. This document was created over several months and finally became law in 1791. Most Americans are aware of this document but are not knowledgeable of it contents. One of the reasons is the majority of the times it is glossed over. Only some segments are discussed. This article will discuss a very important aspect of the Constitution, the Supreme Court and it obligation to interpret the Constitution. The Constitution was created in1791; it starts a new session on Monday in October of each year. The Justices meet Wednesday and Friday to determine the out come of its 5,000 or more cases .The interpretation and the decisions in these cases are profound. One such case is the Dred Scott Case of 1857

Mr. Dred Scott presented a plea to the Supreme Court. The reason for the plea is Scott believed under the prevailing law he was a free man. He believed by moving with his master to a non-slave state and returning to a slave holding state he had become free. Justice Taney who heard the case would rule against Scott The argument was that since Dred Scott was not consider as a citizen when the Constitution became laws he did not have the right to present a case to any court. The ruling against Scott is derived from the interpretation of the Constitution. Many of the Justices who were from the south favored the slaveholders and their view. In their view chattel could never attain the level of citizen. This ruling caused the Northern states to believe the south was using the Constitution for their own purpose. The above case and it interpretation is allegedly eliminated by the 14th Amendment. However, a close reading of it indicates the

Animation of Dred Scott Case


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      platinumOwl4 6 years ago

      Hello James A Watkins, Yes it was suppose to go somewhere. This is why I have great respect for people who read. I wrote it and in my mind it was all there when I copied, pasted and added the video. However, I was so busy looking for the right video to make sure the reader get the gist of the article I neglected to re-read after the "however" Thank you again for pointing this out. I will make the necessary correction shortly. This is what I call a friend a person not afraid to critique.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Your article is very good until . . . was it supposed to go someplace after the words "However, a close reading of it indicates the"?

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      It's amazing how the true history of America is accepted and how much of it is denied. The founders of America owned "people". Tens of thousands of Americans died during the Revolution. Unless they owned land - they did not vote. Women - did not vote. Black women and men - were chained. Along came Lincoln to set the black man and black woman free. Along came the election of 1868 - the FIXED election - that turned the white southern crackers against the blacks again - VERY OFTEN WORSE than it had ever been.

      People don't know history. Americans don't know George Prescott Bush funded the Nazis. Americans do not want to know history. They may have to pay attention to the present.

      Was it just 2007-20089 that America - (the evil part of the government) tried to oust Hugo Chavez with a coup. The coup was funded by some patriotic fake name like -0 "Idiots for Democracy" or something. These leader$$$ of America will DO ANYTHING TO ANYBODY. The People of Venezuela stormed the presidential place and Chavez was restored. America lied about the involvement. WHEN WILL AMERICANS REVOLT? Our history must be mostly fake., Real Americans would not stand by, sit by, and watch our government work for the RICH. God bless. Great write!