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Smith, James M'Cune. 'Citizenship' in 'The Anglo-African Magazine 1:5 (May 1859)' . New York, N.Y. : T. Hamilton, 1859. [format: newspaper], [genre: article; history]. Permission: Northern Illinois University
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Citizenship.

By James M'Cune Smith.

Two circumstances are remarkable in the discussions which have stirred the public mind in regard to the Dred Scott decision. One is, that the statement by Judge Taney, of what he believes to have been a prevalent opinion seventy odd years ago, has been tortured into the authority of a dictum, if not a decision of the present Supreme Court of the United States. This statement is, that ‘negroes had no rights which white men were bound to respect.’ It is hardly necessary to say that Judge Taney did not utter this sentence as his own opinion, much less the opinion of the Supreme Court, still less as the decision of the Supreme Court. Had the court held such an opinion they would have dismissed the case of Dred Scott, not for the reason which the Court gave, to wit; ‘because he was a slave in the state of Missouri, according to the laws thereof, and therefore not a citizen of the United States within the meaning of the Constitution’ — no! they would have dismissed the case summarily,

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Smith, James M'Cune. 'Citizenship' in 'The Anglo-African Magazine 1:5 (May 1859)' . New York, N.Y. : T. Hamilton, 1859. [format: newspaper], [genre: article; history]. Permission: Northern Illinois University
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=angloafrican1.html
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