An analysis of the legislative scheme of senator stephen a douglas of illinois

The two men presented a wide contrast in personal appearance, Lincoln being 6 feet 3 inches high, lean, angular, raw boned, with a complexion of leather, unkempt, and with clothes that seemed to have dropped on him and might drop off; Douglas, almost a dwarf, only 5 feet 4 inches high, but rotund, portly, smooth faced, with ruddy complexion and a lion-like mane, and dressed in clothes of faultless fit.

Similar legislation was introduced in the thth Congress H. You know how anxious I am that this Nebraska measure shall be rebuked and condemned every where. He commenced by a number of jokes and witticisms, the character of which will be understood by all who know him, by simply saying they were Lincolnisms.

It has been argued that the widespread absence of Indian involvement in Bleeding Kansas and the settlement of Kansas as a whole from historical texts are caused by racism, an insistence that Native Americans are "half-civilized" and have "done nothing for the world," Furthermore, it has also been argued that the dismissal of Native Americans, as civilized societies, removed White settlers from responsibility for their transgressions against Indian tribes in Kansas throughout Bleeding Kansas.

One potential vote was lost for the Senate. Douglas was agreeable to the proposal, but the Atchison group was not. The failed cloture vote forced supporters to indefinitely delay further Senate consideration of S.

His bubbling humor, his perfect temper, and above all the overwhelming current of his historical arraignment extorted the admiration of even his political enemies.

Just as the creation of New Mexico and Utah territories had not ruled on the validity of Mexican law on the acquired territory, the Nebraska bill was neither "affirming or repealing The act also prohibits the use of District and federal funds to finance the salaries, expenses, or other costs associated with the offices of Statehood Representative for District of Columbia and Statehood Senator.

University of Nebraska Press, Between andat least 15 resolutions11 of this type were introduced. And if he can make it his interest, he has the right to enslave you.

On September 1, Douglas appeared as advertised to defend the Nebraska bill to about persons gathered outside North Market Hall in Chicago. The motion was agreed to by unanimous consent. In so doing, he sought to accommodate southerner supporters of slavery without fully appreciating that he was alienating a large segment of northern opinion that opposed any expansion of slavery.

Construction and infrastructure improvement projects dedicated in nearly every treaty, for example, took a great deal longer than expected.

Look at it — think of it. On October 24,the Committee reported an amended version of the resolution to allow full voting representation for the District of Columbia: On August 22,the Senate approved the resolution by a vote of The familiar surroundings, the presence and hearty encouragement of his friends, put Lincoln in his best vein.

In essence, retrocession was an accepted fact, a fait accompli. Although Benton stated that the convention should not attempt to pick a route but should concentrate on convincing Congress of the need for such a railroad, he could not resist mentioning St. The amendment, which was sponsored by Representative Westmoreland and approved by voice vote, would prohibit the District from being considered as a state for the purpose of representation in the Senate.

Opponents argued that the retrocession required the approval of a constitutional amendment. They were designed to establish certain great principles, which would not only furnish adequate remedies for existing evils, but, in all time to come, avoid the perils of a similar agitation, by withdrawing the question of slavery from the halls of Congress and the political arena, and committing it to the arbitrament of those who were immediately interested in, and alone responsible for its consequences.

Possibly so, said we; and, by your system, you would always keep them ignorant, and vicious. The turmoil over the act split both the Democratic and Whig parties and gave rise to the Republican Party, which split the United States into two major political camps, the Republican North and the Democratic South.

The amendment must then be ratified by three-fourths of the states 38 states in a state convention or by a vote of the state legislatures; or!

The territorial capital of Lecomptonthe target of much agitation, became such a hostile environment for Free-Staters that they set up their own, unofficial legislature, at Topeka.

Douglas, hoping to achieve the support of the Southerners, publicly announced that the same principle that had been established in the Compromise of should apply in Nebraska. Railroad interests were especially eager to start operations since they needed farmers as customers.Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois delivered counterstroke to offset Gadsden thrust for southern expansion westward o “Little Giant” was an ardent boost for West o Wanted to endear himself to voters of Illinois, benefit his section, and become richer himself o Threw himself behind legislative scheme that would enlist support of South.

The solution was a bill proposed in January by Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois.

District of Columbia Voting Representation in Congress: An Analysis of Legislative Proposals

He was the Democratic party leader in the United States Senate, the chairman of the Express yourself. Organize your knowledge. When Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas introduced congressional legislation in January that became the Kansas-Nebraska Act, he inadvertently sowed the seeds of his own political demise.

His downfall was slow – culminating in defeat in and death inbut the deterioration of his Illinois base and his national aspirations clearly began in When Benton finished, the audience applauded wildly.

Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, United States Senator from Illinois.

Later in the convention, however, Stephen Douglas spoke, bitterly attacking the idea of St. Louis as a terminus. After considerable wrangling, the body eventually adopted a resolution urging Congress to support a railroad to the Pacific that would connect to St.

Louis, Memphis, and Chicago. Senate also considered and tabled a motion that prevented consideration of a petition by the citizens of Georgetown to retrocede that part of Washington County west of Rock Creek to Maryland.

20 InSenator Stephen Douglas of Illinois submitted a resolution directing the District of Columbia Committee to inquire into the propriety of retroceding.

InSenator Stephen A. Douglas introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, a proposal to organize the remaining Louisiana Purchase Territory. Since the Missouri Compromise had banned slavery in that territory, his proposal to use popular sovereignty to determine the fate of slavery in the territory outraged northerners.

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