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Teaching Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty

National Statuary Hall Collection\nLewis Cass of Michigan, Democratic candidate for President in the election of 1848, coined the term "popular sovereignty."\nIn the heat of the Wilmot Proviso debate, many southern lawmakers began to question the right of Congress to determine the status of slavery in any territory. According to John Calhoun, the territories belonged to all the states. Why should a citizen of one state be denied the right to take his property, including slaves, into territory owned by all? This line of reasoning began to dominate the southern argument. The Congress had a precedent for outlawing slavery in territories. It had done so in the Old Northwest with the pass


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