Présentation de l'éditeur
Up to this point there is no evidence that any political party was behind the suit, but not long after Mr. Field filed his appeal the anxious leaders of the South, alarmed by the clamor of their opponents for the restoration of the Missouri Compromise, awoke to its political possibilities. Here was a case actually on the docket of the highest legal tribunal, in which the Missouri Compromise was invoked to sustain the freedom of a Negro who had resided in the territory which it had dedicated to freedom. A better chance to declare the Compromise and all similar restrictions against slavery unconstitutional could not possibly have been provided.
About the author:
Frederick Trevor Hill (1866–1930) was an author and historian. Other works include “Lincoln, the Lawyer,” “On the Trail of Grant and Lee,” and “The Accomplice.”