James Buchanan Vs. Dred Scott Case

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James Buchanan was an unsuccessful president due to his unwillingness to see the national effects of his decisions on slavery. In his inaugural address, Buchanan signaled his desire to serve as a “peacemaker.” At the time of his election to President in 1856 under the Democratic nomination, few people expected him to have Republicans in the cabinet. Yet he almost had no Democratic representation. Regardless of the appointees to his cabinet, Buchanan was stubborn and stuck to his own views, either choosing not to see the effects slavery had on the nation, or simply being clueless to the repercussions. James Buchanan supported the Dred Scott case in the Supreme Court, was in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska act, and created stronger sectionalism, greatly affecting the political parties.
To begin with, James Buchanan supported the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dred Scott and his fight for freedom. Dred Scott was a slave who was taken from where he was initially working in Missouri, to a new posts in Illinois and what are now some regions in Minnesota, by his owner. After being brought to these areas, Scott claimed that he was actually a free man, since he now stood on free territory. Calling attention to the courts, his pleas were recognized and he received a full hearing. After much debate, the Supreme Court concluded that since the Constitution did not recognize slaves as citizens of the United States, all slaves were considered property and would not be deemed…

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