Walter Hoye

We Cannot Escape History (2 of 3)

In Abortion, Politics on August 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

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True or False Tests

“The statesman cannot govern without stability of belief, true or false.” — George Bernard Shaw

True Of FalseA “True or False” (tro͞oˈfôlsˈ) test consists of a series of statements to be identified as either “true” or “false”. “True or False” tests present an exclusive disjunction (i.e., a pair of alternatives of which only one is acceptable). A simple way to state this is: “One or the other but not both“. Usually there are more true answers than false on most tests. Finally, since there is no guessing penalty and you have a 50% chance of getting the right answer, feel free to guess.

This is part two (2) of a three (3) part series of True or False tests. Each test contains statements for your consideration. Many thanks goes to David Barton of Wallbuilders for his scholarly work.

Statement #1

Dred ScottDred Scott

Dred Scott was born a slave in Virginia. In 1832, after following his owners to Missouri, U.S. Army Major John Emerson, stationed just outside of St. Louis, purchased Scott. In an April 1846 action when Dred Scott made his mark with an “X,” signing his petition in a pro forma freedom suit under Missouri law, to sue for freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court, his case lit a fire that would not be extinguished until the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

Dred Scott, a man of color, respectfully states:
He is claimed as a slave
(Petition to Sue for Freedom, 6 April 1846) 1

In 1857, the Democratically controlled United States Supreme Court decided the Dred Scott Decision. Here is a quote from that decision announcing that Negroes (i.e., Black Americans) …

“had no rights which the white man was bound to respect;
and that the Negro might justly and lawfully
be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”

While the Supreme Court has never reversed the Dred Scott case, the Supreme Court has stated in the Slaughter-House Cases of 1873 that the Fourteenth Amendment overruled at least one part of it in 1868. 3

True or False. Your Answer Goes Here: __________

Statement #2

Harriet ScottHarriet Scott

In 1860, the Republican Party Platform boldly condemned the Fugitive Slave Law and the Dred Scott decision and announced its intent to end slavery and secure equal and civil rights for Black Americans4 In 1865, attorney Charles Drake, a leader of the Radical Republican Party after the Civil War helped author Missouri’s state constitution that took away many of the rights, including enfranchisement, enjoyed by Southern sympathizers. 5

True or False. Your Answer Goes Here: __________

Statement #3

John Hossack Speech on the Fugitive Slave LawJohn Hossack

In 1860 the Democratic Party Platform boldly supported the Fugitive Slave Law and the Dred Scott decision and in an effort to affirm their belief that it was their right to have and hold Black Americans in bondage, proudly distributed copies of the Dred Scott ruling with their party platform. 6 According to the speech of John Hossack, (who was convicted of violating the Fugitive Slave Law), while standing before Judge Drummond, of the United States District Court of Chicago, “the parties who prostituted the constitution to the support of slavery, are traitors.” 7

True or False. Your Answer Goes Here: __________

We Cannot Escape History 8

“History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.” — Étienne Gilson

True Box CheckedAccording to David Barton, “it is worth noting that for over a century-and-a-half, Democrats often have taken a position that some human life is disposable — as they did in the Dred Scott decision. In that instance, a Black individual was not a life, it was property; and an individual could do with his property as he wished. Today Democrats have largely taken the same position on the unborn human life — that an unborn human is disposable property to do with as one wishes.” 9 Even our Supreme Court has mentioned its own Pro-Slavery Dred Scott Decision fifty-six (56) times over more than 150 years since issuing their opinion that Black Americans could be owned as property. 10

I would have thought the United States Supreme Court would be ashamed to even acknowledge, let alone mention, its own ignominious “Dred Scott Decision” in public. However, I would have also thought that Black Americans would never join the party of the Ku Klux Klan. 11,12 If Marcia Cavell is right and “hope is the other side of history, I fear that neither the Republican nor the Democratic Parties are on the right side of this equation.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

01. Dred Scott Case Collection (
02. McKee, The National … Platforms, pp. 113-116.
03. McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. ___ (2010), (Docket No. 08-1521), (Thomas, J., concurring)
04. McKee, The National … Platforms, pp. 108-109.
05. Missouri State Archives, Missouri’s Dred Scott Case, 1846-1857 (
06. Harper’s Weekly, July 23rd, 1859, p. 479, from an advertisement; see also Harpweek, “The Dred Scott Decision” (; see also (
07. Speech of John Hossack on the Fugitive Slave Law (
08. Abraham Lincoln in Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862.
09. Barton, David, “American History in Black & White”, published by Wallbuilders Press, Aledo, Texas, p. 24.
10. American Right To Life, “Dred Scott Shepardized”, April 2010; (; see also (
11. Report of the Joint Select Committee to Inquire Into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States (New York: AMS Press, 1968), Vol. I; Vol. II, “North Carolina”; Vols. III, IV and V, “South Carolina”; Vols. VI and VII, “Georgia”; Vols. VIII, IX and X, “Alabama”; Vols. XI and XII, “Mississippi”; Vol. XIII, “Miscellaneous and Florida.”
12. This thirteen (13) volume set of congressional investigations from 1872 conclusively and irrefutably prove that Democrats started the Ku Klax Klan. Testimony … to Inquire …  in the Late Insurrectionary States, Vol. II, p. 220, “north Carolina”; Vol. XI, p. 286, “Mississippi”; Vol. III, pp. 26-27, Vol. IV, p. 848, “South Carolina”; Vol. IX, p. 899, “Alabama”; Vol. VII, p. 1005, “Georgia”; and Vol. XIII, p. 66, “Miscellaneous and Florida.”

NOTE: The answers in this test are all: True.


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