Can you explain how if Congress could not ban slavery from a federal territory, Congress could allow the citizens of that territory to ban it.
This notion that the police would enforce the voters' decision if it contradicted the Supreme Court's decision in the Dred Scott case became known as the Freeport Doctorine.
It does not matter what the Supreme Court decided about slavery. I strongly believe that the people have the lawful means to introduce it or exclude it as they please
The Winner is STEPHEN DOUGLAS
The Winner Is.....
The Freeport Doctrine put the question of slavery back in the hands of American citizens and it helped Douglas win the Senate Seat. Even though Lincoln did not win he became a strong, important leader of the Republican Party.