"No Rights Which the White Man Was Bound to Respect": Racial Capitalism and Empire in the Age of Dred Scott

Walter Johnson, a professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, uses Dred Scott's personal struggle for freedom and the controversial outcome of his US Supreme Court case as a lens to help illuminate the central role of St. Louis in the imperialist and racial capitalist history of the United States.

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Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson is the author of Soul by Soul and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Imperialism in the Mississippi Valley. In addition to his research and role as Winthrop Professor of History, Johnson is director of Harvard's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.