The Dred Scott case had a positive impact on the northern state because...?

The Dred Scott case had a positive impact on the northern state because...?

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4 days ago #2
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I'm not sure that the Dred Scott case had a positive impact on Northern states; rather that it was an eye opener to Northerners who believed that slavery was tolerable as long as it stayed in the South. If the Dred Scott decision took away any power that Congress once had to regulate slavery in the New Territories, Northerners came to the conclusion that slavery could quickly expand into much of the West. This became a fear that Lincoln expressed in his Springfield, Illinois, June 17, 1858 speech: “ Put this and that together, and we have another nice little niche, which we may, ere long, see filled with another Supreme Court decision, declaring that the Constitution of the United States does not permit a State to exclude slavery from its limits. . . . We shall lie down pleasantly dreaming that the people of Missouri are on the verge of making their State free, and we shall awake to the reality instead, that the Supreme Court has made Illinois a slave State.”

This was a growing fear in the North but it aroused passions on both sides of the fence, and brought to a head the tensions surrounding the issue of slavery in the U.S.

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