The Democratic Party had announced whole-hearted acceptance of the Compromise of 1850 in its national platform of 1852 and had won an overwhelming victory. Southern men would have to vote for the territorial bill with the Compromise provision or run the risk of being considered unfaithful to the to the South's peculiar institution; Northern senators and representatives might be persuaded that the territories would actually become "free" by virtue of their soil and climate and that it was unwise to continue to exclude slavery by federal law just as "a taunt and a reproach to our Southern brethren." pp162-163 Improvement of Communication by Russel
This was the 3rd or 4th try to get the Kansas/Nebraska bill passed. Southerners had rejected it, because they had No reason to vote for a Bill to allow a couple of Free States. Or give the North a pathway for the TRR? Why, would Southern Senators come to Douglas and ask him to write a Territorial Bill for Kansas? Absolutely, NO reason they would.
- What does this have to do with the OP of this thread: "Transcontinental Railroad: The Primary Reason for the Election of Jefferson Davis to be President of the CSA"?
- Despite your statement, leaders of "the South" did come to Douglas and offered him a deal: support for a "northern route" in exchange for adding "Popular Sovereignity" to his bill. Douglas was surprised, but did rewrite the Act to include "Popular Sovereignty". (Douglas was not opposed to slavery and got a percentage of the income from his 1st wife's 100-slave plantation for managing it in her father's will.)