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[Detail] Training School for Wives and Mothers, Baton Gouge, La. 1888.

Historical Research: The Views of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney

Read Appendix III in Rev. John Dixon Long’s Pictures of Slavery in Church and State. To what decision by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney  does Long refer? Identify the case and read the decision. How did Taney’s decision in that case differ from the views he expressed as an attorney defending the Rev. Jacob Gruber when he was tried for inciting insurrection among slaves for a sermon he preached at a Methodist Episcopal Church in Maryland? Research Taney’s life between 1819 and 1857. Did you find any information that would explain the apparent change in his thinking?