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Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) Popular Sovereignty in the Territories: Judge Douglas in Reply to Judge Black

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08940 Author/Creator: Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlets Date: October 1859 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Responds at length to the criticisms of his position on popular sovereignty by Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black. Emphasizes that he would "never vote for a slave code in the Territories by Congress." First edition with original free franked envelope Douglas used to send it to Samuel Arnold of Haddam, Connecticut.

People: Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861.
Black, Jeremiah Sullivan, 1810-1883.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Politics, Congress, Westward Expansion, Government and Civics, African American History, Slavery, Election

Sub Era: Age of Jackson