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James Buchanan
President James Buchanan opposed the "Little Giant," even though they were in the same Democratic Party

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Stephen A. Douglas Was Born
April 23, 1813

Douglas supported the expansion of U.S. territory. He became a leader in the effort to negotiate the sensitive issues regarding the spread of slavery into the territories. When Kansas was to be admitted as a state, Douglas wanted a popular election and not a congressional decision to determine whether it would be a slave or free state. President James Buchanan was so strongly opposed to Douglas's point of view that he worked to block Douglas's reelection. But Douglas remained popular with Illinois voters. Can you guess who he was running against?
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