What did abraham linclon think of the dred scott case?
Lincoln believed that slavery must be banned from the territories. But he was not an abolitionist. He did not preach the abolition of slavery where it existed. He did not want to see it expand. In his debates with Douglas, Lincoln often said that slavery was protected by the Constitution in those states where it existed and Northerners should sympathize with Southerners, not attack them. Lincoln also remined Douglas that the Supreme Court, in the Dred Scott Decision, had declared “popular sovereignty” unconstitutional. Lincoln believed that if the South continued to force the issue as in the Scott Decision and the Fugitive Slave Act, the long run would be a sectional dispute.