Yesterday's MIRS received overnight contains this tidbit:
"On This Day In Michigan History
'A free negro of the African race, whose ancestors were brought to this country and sold as slaves, is not a "citizen" within the meaning of the Constitution of the United States.'
So said the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dred Scott v Sandford case, issued in March 1857. Reading the text of Justice Taney's opinion immerses one in the worst kind of judicial sophistry. A civil war and the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments -- supported by Michiganders in Congress and at home -- erased this blot on America.
And thanks to a lasting monument on the Detroit River -- actually two companion statue arrays, one on each bank -- we can never forget how Michigan, how Detroit, was a beacon of freedom and liberty in the 19th century.