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Please clarify the following phrase that is in red.

During these debates Douglas maintained that any State, anywhere, at any time, had a right to have slavery if the majority of its citizens voted for it. And he didn't care whether they voted it up or down.

Is this saying "vote for slavery or vote against slavery"?

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Please clarify the following phrase that is in red.

During these debates Douglas maintained that any State, anywhere, at any time, had a right to have slavery if the majority of its citizens voted for it. And he didn't care whether they voted it up or down.

Is this saying "vote for slavery or vote against slavery"?

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I believe so. I can't think of anything else it could mean.
Even so, it could mean that Douglas didn't care one way or another whether the states wanted slavery, as long as they had a choice (most likely).
Or it could mean that Douglas didn't care which way the Federal Government voted - the states still had a right to make a choice. I guess you'd need to know the history.
 

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Correct. Up or down. Yes or no.
 

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I believe so. I can't think of anything else it could mean.
Even so, it could mean that Douglas didn't care one way or another whether the states wanted slavery, as long as they had a choice (most likely).
Or it could mean that Douglas didn't care which way the Federal Government voted - the states still had a right to make a choice. I guess you'd need to know the history.

He was arguing for the right of each state to make its own choice.
 
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