Popular sovereignty

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Popular sovereignty is a term coined during the enlightenment, but gaining popularity in the nineteenth century to refer to the right of a group of people to determine their own fate. The term often refers to post-colonialism, with the argument suggesting that a colonized people ought to be able to determine their own fate, rather than a distant, technologically superior peoples.

The term also has significance in the context of American history, where it was often used to refer to the right of a newly admitted state to determine whether it would be "slave" or "free."[1]


  1. http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=2122