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Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) Popular sovereignty in the territories. The dividing line between federal and local authority.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08700 Author/Creator: Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Pamphlet Date: 1859 Pagination: 1 v. : 40 p. ; 23 x 14.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Published by Harper & Brothers. Douglas, a United States Senator from Illinois, concludes by stating: "...every distinct political Community, loyal to the Constitution and the Union, is entitled to all the rights, privileges, and immunities of self-government in respect to their local concerns and internal polity, subject only to the Constitution of the United States."

People: Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistorySlaveryUS ConstitutionGovernment and CivicsCongressAmerican StatesmenStates' Rights

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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