Excerpt from The Dred Scott Decision: Opinion of Chief Justice Taney, With an Introduction by Dr. J. H. Van Evrie; Also, an Appendix, Containing an Essay on the Natural History of the Prognathous Race of Mankind
At last, then, and in conclusion, we have reached the calm nating point of the Wildest, the most senseless, the most disgusting, and Withal the most dangerous de lusion that ever afﬂicted an intelligent people, or threatened to destroy the peace, order, and safety of human society.
Whatever the course or the legislation of sovereign States, henceforth and for ever the status of the negro, his relation to the white at zens, and the rights of the latter in respectto slave property, are now clearly defined Within the Federal jurisdiction. And this decision must be accepted and sustained by the northern masses, or there must be disunion and dismemberment of the Union for the States and people havmg this negro element tn their m.dst, cannot, even if they would, consent to any compromise in this respect, and therefore if the northern people, led astray by the agents and dupes of the enemies of Democracy, refuse to abide by it, there ts for the south no alternative but disunion and the esta blishment of a new confederacy in conformity With the wants and necessities of southern somety. It remains, then, for the honest and patriotic citizens of the North who would av0id this calamity of disnnion, and save tor their offspring the glorious institutions won by the blood and sacrifices of their fathers, to abandon the false mental habits imposed on them by the enemies of these institutions, and, accepting the fixed and immutable truths of the Dred Scott to regard as enemies to the peace of the country, and indeed to the safety of society, all those who. Under the pretence of negro liberty, would render liberty for the white man impossible.
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