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[Summary]Secession Facts, information and articles about Secession, one of the causes of the civil war Secession summary: the secession of Southern States led to the establishment of the Confederacy and ultimately the Civil War. It was the most serious secess

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Reasons for the South Seceding

Facts, information and articles about Secession, one of the causes of the civil war Secession summary: the secession of Southern States led to the establishment of the Confederacy and ultimately the Civil War. It was the most serious secession movement in the United States and was defeated when the Union armies defeated the Confederate armies [...]

The Great Mistake - Why Did the South Secede in 1860?

Although the Civil War was disastrous for the South, there's been little analysis on the wisdom of seceding in 1860. Here we examine the alternatives.

The South Secedes [ushistory.org]

32e. The South Secedes

The force of events moved very quickly upon the election of Lincoln. South Carolina acted first, calling for a convention to secede from the Union. State by state, conventions were held, and the Confederacy was formed.

Within three months of Lincoln's election, seven states had seceded from the Union. Just as Springfield, Illinois celebrated the election of its favorite son to the Presidency on November 7, so did Charleston, South Carolina, which did not cast a single vote for him. It knew that the election meant the formation of a new nation. The Charleston Mercury said, "The tea has been thrown overboard, the revolution of 1860 has been initiated."

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Why Did the Confederate States Secede?

Between December 1860 and March 1861, seven states in the Deep South left the Union. After the southern attack on Fort Sumter, a union installation in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, in April 1861, another four states seceded.

Why did they these states decided to withdraw from the United States? Was it over slavery? Over states rights? Or was it for some other reason?

Why Did the Southern States Secede? | Libertarianism.org

Introduction

It has long been conventional wisdom among certain libertarians and classical liberal historians that the southern Confederacy was a great bastion of Jeffersonianism. In the South, many twentieth-century libertarians thought they had found a political culture supporting free trade (especially through low tariffs) and limited government (using the vehicle of “States’ Rights”). This view, however, ultimately rests on a privileged selection of the evidence and a good deal of historical forgetfulness, most likely the result of twentieth-century history more so than anything from the nineteenth. To correct such mistakes, we will examine in depth the documents through which southern states proclaimed themselves free and independent of the Union government to discover the reasons they themselves offered for doing so. While most states in the Confederacy simply passed Ordinances of Secession, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia passed additional “Declarations of Causes,” offering invaluable insight into the conventions’ political machinations and motivations. As the first state to secede, South Carolina’s “Declarations” established precedent and unabashedly claimed that the primary reason for secession remained the refusal of northern states to comply with the Fugitive Slave Act and the Dred Scott (1857) decision.

Why did the southern states secede from the U.S.?

Reasons for the South Seceding

Lincoln's election precipitated the secession, but didn't they have enough congressional power to continue things much as they were? It seems in the preceding two decades the slave states had mana...

Lincoln

Lincoln’s Four Main Arguments
against Secession


[Simplified version, but with extensive notes]


George Desnoyers

Revised: January 23, 2009

Introduction

Lincoln used many arguments against secession. But many of his arguments were pragmatic ones only, made to individuals in an effort to convince them that their state was better off in the union than it would be if it seceded. Those types of arguments were often not applicable to the entire nation, or even to the entire South. Other arguments were applicable over a large region, but are not considered important today because (1) the issues they dealt with are no longer alive, and/or (2) they lack philosophical depth and political or legal weight.1 Of all of Lincoln’s arguments against secession, today only four are considered important enough to demand attention when dealing with the topic of secession. In the context of secessions advocated today, these four arguments have close to the same philosophical, political, and legal importance now as they had back when Lincoln used them.

South Carolina Secession Causes

It helps shed light on the fundamental conflicts and issues which led to Secession, which then led to war. The issues mentioned in this document, which were unable to be settled through diplomacy, compromise, debate or dialogue, in the end, were settled through war.

Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union

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