squatter sovereignty

Origin of squatter sovereignty

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Historical Examples of squatter sovereignty

  • This was logical, but it made the "squatter-sovereignty" doctrine ridiculous.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858

    John William Burgess

  • Here was the germ of "squatter-sovereignty," afterward developed by Mr. Douglas in his Kansas-Nebraska bill.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858

    John William Burgess


British Dictionary definitions for squatter sovereignty

squatter sovereignty

noun
  1. a derogatory term for popular sovereignty
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