Douglass policy of applying the principle of popular sovereignty to the Kansas-Nebraska issue was not entirely reasonable.

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Sources A and B are against the Douglas’s policy. While sources C and D are for it. Source E supports but challenges it at the same time.  The Independent Democrats who were against the bill produced source A. They were against it because they believed that slavery was something dreadful and sinful therefore submitting to it would be injustice.  Moreover, to them, extending slavery in other states was against the ancient law and it would violate the solemn agreements, which was the Missouri Compromise. It was clearly stated in the Missouri Compromise that slavery was prohibited in the north of the Louisiana Purchase, which was where the territory subjected by Douglas was located in. Likewise, the Democrats believed every person deserved freedom as it was given by God.

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Source B suggests that there were other reasons for Douglas’s bill. One of the reasons was to construct a transcontinental railroad based in Chicago as its eastern terminus. Douglas owned the Chicago site thus made it easier.  Besides, he also made the bill to gain support from the Southerners for his Presidential Election.  The Southern Senators first rejected the bill because the territory was located in the northern half of the Louisiana Purchase, which prohibited slavery, but Douglas decided to declare the Missouri Compromise void and integrated the principle of popular sovereignty. As a result, gained the Southerners support.


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