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Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, "The Supreme Court," July 16, 1858

"The Supreme Court," Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, July 16, 1858
This editorial from the Chicago Press and Tribune, a Republican newspaper, responds to accusations by the city's main Democratic journal, the Chicago Times, that Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party were undermining the Supreme Court by criticizing the Dred Scott decision.  The author, presumably editor Joseph Medill, tried to claim the conservative ground for Lincoln and to associate the court with the radical views of the late John C. Calhoun, the famous states' rights advocate from South Carolina. This debate over the meaning of national law and slavery, and in particular the role of the judiciary in this explosive sectional issue, defined the outset of the campaign for US senate between Lincoln and incumbent Stephen Douglas. (By Brendan Boston)


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