Yesterday, I pointed out Paul Finkelman's article on Dred Scott: Was Dred Scott Correctly Decided? An "Expert Report" for the Defendant. Having now read it, I'm pleased to report that it's excellent. In 34 pages you get a crisp summary of the often obscure facts, a comprehensible description of the tangled procedural background, and a fine and well-ordered outline and discussion of the issues. The nice thing is that it's accessible, I believe, to non-lawyers trying to understand what was going on. If you take the time to read the article with a little care, you'll be well rewarded. Highly recommended.