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American Studies Assignment-Stephen A DouglasMy name is Stephen A Arnold Douglas born April 231813- died June3 1861 I have been given the nickname The Little Giant representing my fiery conviction prowess and self-reliance I believe that the countrys destined direction lies west I myself worked and put myself through school in Vermont and then at age twenty moved all the way out to Illinois to become a lawyer I am a democrat and therefore represent the governmental interests of a democrat such as my hero Andrew Jackson At age twenty-seven in 1840 I became a state Supreme Court Justice At thirtyin 1843 I was elected to the House of Representatives And at age thirty-four in 1847 I was elected to the Senate During all of my time in politics I persisted to express that even though I have never owned slaves myself I am not opposed to slavery and that my chief concern is saving the Union I believe that compromises such as popular sovereigntyhalf slave stateshalf free states is the key to peace among the Nation I have always tried to explain that if voters of a territory were against slavery they could simply fail to pass the slave codes that were needed for its existence But this is a diminutive concern compared to my belief in binding together the Union Even though my adversary is Abraham Lincoln who eventually beat me in the presidential race of 1860 I Stephen Arnold Douglas offered my services and helped in the preservation of the Union that we both loved
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