AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
Legal and Historical Irony
(I found this snippet while browsing antebellum Georgia newspapers online.)
"Mr. Birney said . . . The Chief Justice of America, an Irishman and a Roman Catholic, who resided in the slave city of Baltimore had, years ago, manumitted his slaves and was universally known as the friend of the man of colour; his name was Roger B. Taney; and those negroes would yet be tried before him (cheers)."
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Of course, we know that the Taney court would rule in favor of freedom for the self-freed Amistad Africans; but, sixteen years later Taney would erase that benign legacy with his infamous Dred Scott decision.
Taney's rulings on these slavery issues are discussed in this online article: