A House Divided: The Determined Mr. Taney III

Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is "A House Divided."

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: For twenty-eight years Roger Brooke Taney served as Chief Justice of the United States. As Andrew Jackson’s Secretary of the Treasury, he helped destroy the Second Bank of the United States and remained hostile to corporate interests throughout his career, but his life’s main focus was to protect slavery and those southern values which he saw as uniquely connected to that evil and corrupt institution. When the case of Dred Scott came before the Court, Taney set out to build a wall between blacks, slave and free, and the rights and protections of the federal constitution.