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The best book -- certainly the most important and knowledgeable book, ever written to show clearly that Jeff Davis used Dred Scott decision to justify the killings, tortures, and invasions of Kansas in 1856. He wrote the book and did (or had others do) the actions.
By extension, and Lincoln agreed -- Dred Scott decision justifed the South for starting the US Civil War, specifically, as a war to spread slavery. Not a war for state's rights, quite the opposite. Davis explained that no legislature, no Congress, no vote of the public, made any difference, since Dred Scott decision and its three "court orders".
Davis explains and shows, in this book those three "orders".
Davis explained -- in detail -- that Dred Scott decision changed everything (it's possible if not likely he wrote, or had a hand in writing the specific language he refers to in this book). The words in Dred Scott decision perfectly match the actions and intentions of those who invaded Kansas already, by the time the decision was announced.
Davis explained the justification for sending killers, and the violence used to spread slavery, far more clear terms than any author since.
It's a travesty to our supposed "scholarship" about slavery, and the violent attempts to spread
slavery to the rest of USA, does not have this as the center piece of Southern justification and legal basis for the killings, tortures, and war to spread slavery.
While Davis would later claim he had spent 20 years "day and night" trying to avoid war, actually his own actions and writings show he was busy indeed at the center of pushing violence to spread slavery all along. At first in the form of terror, but when that did not work, outright killing torture and war.
Davis may have intended for simple terror and bluster to be enough to spread slavery, and that he was stupid about the resistance to his actions. He relied on past events - where no one, in any organized way, dared fight back. But that is what happened.
needed to gather support to kill invade and spread slavery by force.
Though Davis does not dare be that blunt in this book, the basis of Davis justification is very blunt. Dred Scott "court orders" - as the Supreme Court language in Dred Scott is "pledge'.
Blacks must not be seen as human beings -- persons.
Blacks must be seen as property - not human beings, persons.
The federal government MUST protect slavery.
The term his "protection" -- the government must protect slavery in Dred Scott decision, the way Davis and South used it themselves in Kansas and in Deep South -- meant violence. Not sorta, not kinda, not in a way. Nothing is more clear, at least to the people being killed, tortured or set upon by Davis paid killers in Kansas.
Specifically protection meant sending paid killers to KS, which Davis did, as Secretary of War.
Davis proxies in Kansas quickly make it a crime to publish anti-slavery newspapers in Kansas, as first thing, when they created what's then and since called "bogus legislature". That bogus legislature very nearly got slavery wrapped up in a bow, at the time and it seemed to many South, Jeff Davis, and slave power had won. Southern leaders boasted as if they had won, as we can see by speeches to cheering crowds at the time.
This should surprise no one - because slavery was maintained -- and "all opposition to it" stopped to parahprase James Debow, proudly. It's astonishing, past stupid, not to teach this in our schools and text books because it was no only basic, Davis and other Southern leaders caused it to happen, and bragged about it.
In the South Southern leaders made it it a crime to speak, preach or even own a book against slavery. That was the functional result of what happened, under Jeff Davis leadership, to "protect" slavery, both before Kansas ACT and after.
Of course, it should be noted, and not humerously, that
 

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