squatter sovereignty


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squatter sovereignty:

see popular sovereigntypopular sovereignty,
in U.S. history, doctrine under which the status of slavery in the territories was to be determined by the settlers themselves. Although the doctrine won wide support as a means of avoiding sectional conflict over the slavery issue, its meaning remained
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This necessity had not been overlooked, but had been provided for, as well as might be, in the notable argument of "squatter sovereignty," otherwise called "sacred right of self-government," which latter phrase, though expressive of the only rightful basis of any government, was so perverted in this attempted use of it as to amount to just this: that if any one man choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object.
Then opened the roar of loose declamation in favor of "squatter sovereignty" and "sacred right of self-government."
"Popular sovereignty," originated by Lewis Cass, was called "squatter sovereignty" by opponents of slavery.