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Douglas initially endorsed the Dred Scott decision of 1857. But during the 1858 Senate campaign, he argued its effect could be negated by popular sovereignty. He also opposed the efforts of President James Buchanan and his Southern allies to enact a Federal slave code and impose the Lecompton Constitution on Kansas .

In 1860, the conflict over slavery led to the split in the Democratic Party in the 1860 Convention . Hardline pro-slavery Southerners rejected Douglas, and nominated their own candidate, Vice President John C. Breckinridge , while the Northern Democrats nominated Douglas. Douglas deeply believed in democracy , arguing the will of the people should always be decisive. [4] When civil war came in April 1861, he rallied his supporters to the Union cause with all his energies, but he died of typhoid fever a few weeks later.

In 1833 Douglas migrated first to Cleveland, and then to Winchester, Illinois , where he served as an itinerant teacher and opened a school for three months at three dollars a pupil. [9] He then settled in Jacksonville, Illinois , where he was admitted to the bar. By the end of the year, he wrote his Vermont relatives, "I have become a Western man, have imbibed Western feelings principles and interests and have selected Illinois as the favorite place of my adoption."

Douglas initially endorsed the Dred Scott decision of 1857. But during the 1858 Senate campaign, he argued its effect could be negated by popular sovereignty. He also opposed the efforts of President James Buchanan and his Southern allies to enact a Federal slave code and impose the Lecompton Constitution on Kansas .

In 1860, the conflict over slavery led to the split in the Democratic Party in the 1860 Convention . Hardline pro-slavery Southerners rejected Douglas, and nominated their own candidate, Vice President John C. Breckinridge , while the Northern Democrats nominated Douglas. Douglas deeply believed in democracy , arguing the will of the people should always be decisive. [4] When civil war came in April 1861, he rallied his supporters to the Union cause with all his energies, but he died of typhoid fever a few weeks later.

In 1833 Douglas migrated first to Cleveland, and then to Winchester, Illinois , where he served as an itinerant teacher and opened a school for three months at three dollars a pupil. [9] He then settled in Jacksonville, Illinois , where he was admitted to the bar. By the end of the year, he wrote his Vermont relatives, "I have become a Western man, have imbibed Western feelings principles and interests and have selected Illinois as the favorite place of my adoption."

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