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Abraham Lincoln’s Response to the Dred Scott Decision

Date: Monday, Aug. 23 | 7:00–8:15 PM EDT

The Declaration of Independence, one of our nation’s founding documents, famously says that “all men are created equal.” But did America’s founding fathers really believe all individuals were created equal and endowed by their Creator with equal inalienable rights? In this seminar, we will examine this question by reading and discussing Abraham Lincoln’s speech on the Dred Scott decision, the pre-Civil War Supreme Court decision that denied Dred Scott his freedom and found the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional.

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