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Roger Taney

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Definition: Former U.S. attorney general and Secretary of Treasury but more famously Chief Justice of the United States who, among other things, wrote the Dred Scott Decision. He died in 1864 and was replaced by Salmon P. Chase. An outspoken champion of states' rights, he nonetheless espoused the theory of dual federalism, which propounds that the national and state governments are equal sovereigns, each with its own sphere of supremacy.

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Roger Taney and the Case of Dred Scott
A re-examination of the chief justice and his role in the controversy.

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