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because he wanted to unify the industrial north and the agricultural south more than they were, so it would discourage further secession of southern states. by trying to link their economies by the railroad, it would be harder for the south to secede since it would be dependent on the north's market, and in turn the north would be dependent to get its raw materials from the south.

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Q: Why did Stephen Douglas want a transcontinental railroad?
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Stephen Douglass wanted the Transcontinental/Pacific Railroad to run through Illinios.

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Americans wanted a transcontinental railroad to aid westward expansion. Settlers were looking for land, and the discovery of gold in California also encourage travel.

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He didn't want to be confused with Frederick Douglass.

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