SAT Subject US History Practice Question 243: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 243

44. This atrocious decision furnishes final confirmation of the already well-known fact that, under the Constitution and government of the United States, the colored people are nothing and can be nothing but an alien, disenfranchised, and degraded class. The speaker of the above quotation probably was reacting to which of the following Supreme Court decisions?

A. Dred Scott v. Sanford
B. Powell v. Alabama
C. Korematsu v. United States
D. Sweatt v. Painter
E. Gideon v. Wainwright

Correct Answer: A


The quotation clearly refers to a case decided against an African American. The other four choices either did not involve the issue of race or were decided in favor of African Americans.

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