Cultural Literacy: The Dred Scott Decision

Until 1954 (i.e. Brown v. Board of Education), the United States Supreme Court was a reliable upholder of white supremacy. This Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Dred Scott decision helps students understand the precedent behind this illogical jurisprudence. It’s worth remembering that this was the case in which Chief Justice Roger Taney made some particularly trashy, racist comments in his decision.

For God’s sake….

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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