Jones v. Van Zandt, 46 U.S. (5 How.) 215 (1847), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision involving the constitutionality of slavery. John Van Zandt was an abolitionist who aided the Underground Railroad resistance movement in Ohio after having been a slaveholder in Kentucky. Sued for monetary damages by a slaveholder whose escaped slaves he aided, abolitionists used Van Zandt's Supreme Court appeal as a vehicle to reach the underlying constitutional question. Van Zandt lost; the Court, then led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, upheld the right of Congress and the obligation of the government to protect slavery, as it was established under the Constitution. Van Zandt was ruined financially by the decision and died later that year.

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  • Jones v. Van Zandt, 46 U.S. (5 How.) 215 (1847), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision involving the constitutionality of slavery. John Van Zandt was an abolitionist who aided the Underground Railroad resistance movement in Ohio after having been a slaveholder in Kentucky. Sued for monetary damages by a slaveholder whose escaped slaves he aided, abolitionists used Van Zandt's Supreme Court appeal as a vehicle to reach the underlying constitutional question. Van Zandt lost; the Court, then led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, upheld the right of Congress and the obligation of the government to protect slavery, as it was established under the Constitution. Van Zandt was ruined financially by the decision and died later that year. (en)
  • Jones v. Van Zandt, 46 U.S. (5 How.) 215 (1847), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision involving the constitutionality of slavery, and was a predecessor of the Dred Scott decision. The Supreme Court was then led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, who owned slaves and wrote the Dred Scott decision, but not this one. (en)
  • Jones v. Van Zandt, 46 U.S. (5 How.) 215 (1847), was a landmark US Supreme Court decision involving the constitutionality of slavery that was a predecessor of Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Supreme Court was then led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, who owned slaves and wrote the Dred Scott decision but not Jones. (en)
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  • Jones v. Van Zandt, 46 U.S. (5 How.) 215 (1847), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision involving the constitutionality of slavery. John Van Zandt was an abolitionist who aided the Underground Railroad resistance movement in Ohio after having been a slaveholder in Kentucky. Sued for monetary damages by a slaveholder whose escaped slaves he aided, abolitionists used Van Zandt's Supreme Court appeal as a vehicle to reach the underlying constitutional question. Van Zandt lost; the Court, then led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, upheld the right of Congress and the obligation of the government to protect slavery, as it was established under the Constitution. Van Zandt was ruined financially by the decision and died later that year. (en)
  • Jones v. Van Zandt, 46 U.S. (5 How.) 215 (1847), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision involving the constitutionality of slavery, and was a predecessor of the Dred Scott decision. The Supreme Court was then led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, who owned slaves and wrote the Dred Scott decision, but not this one. (en)
  • Jones v. Van Zandt, 46 U.S. (5 How.) 215 (1847), was a landmark US Supreme Court decision involving the constitutionality of slavery that was a predecessor of Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Supreme Court was then led by Chief Justice Roger Taney, who owned slaves and wrote the Dred Scott decision but not Jones. (en)
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