The Taney Court (1836–64)


What about the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which provided that there could be no slavery in many states?

Chief Justice Taney actually ruled that this law was unconstitutional, writing: “It is the opinion of the court that the act of Congress which prohibited a citizen from holding and owning property of this kind in the territory of the United States north of the line therein mentioned, is not warranted by the Constitution.”


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