squatter sovereignty


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squatter sovereignty

n
(Historical Terms) a derogatory term for popular sovereignty
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This power cannot be sequestered by a squatter sovereignty. No tolerated usurpers or body of interlopers can be the source of power.
Some subjects examined are squatter sovereignty in New York, urban squatting and violent confrontation in Frankfurt and Hamburg, the politics of squatting in Berlin, and squatting and the neoliberal city.
Douglas, Democrat of Illinois, created two new territories and provided what Douglas called "popular sovereignty," also called "squatter sovereignty." This meant that those who settled in each territory would have the right to decide whether the territory, when admitted as a state, would be free or slave.