Who was Roger Taney and why is his bust being removed from the U.S. Capitol?
Airdate: Monday, January 2, 2023
Congress has voted and President Biden has signed legislation to remove the bust of former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney from the U.S. Capitol. Taney wrote the Dred Scott decision in 1856, which is widely considered the worst decision in the court’s history. Taney was from Maryland but was a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle in 1796.
“While the removal of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s bust from the Capitol does not relieve the Congress of the historical wrongs it committed to protect the institution of slavery, it expresses Congress’s recognition of one of the most notorious wrongs to have ever taken place in one of its rooms, that of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s Dred Scott v. Sandford decision,” the bill, authored by Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, reads.
To talk about Roger Taney and that history on The Spark Monday was Matthew Pinsker, a Professor of History, who holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History and serves as Director of the House Divided Project at Dickinson College..