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Secessionist Arguments for Leaving the Union

The solution contains several arguments of the southern states for leaving the union. They were the following:

1. Frequent intrusion in the sovereignty and reserved right of the states

2. The Revolutionary War had created a loose union of states free to secede whenever they wish

3. The Declaration of Independence had created a free union of independent states. If the Federal government acts against the purpose it was formed, the people had every right to move away from the union

4. The southerners could no longer bear the heavy duty imposed by the northerners.

5. The southerners believed that constitution itself empowered them to free from the union

6. The Northerners were trying to abolish the institution of slavery and it could destabilize the economy of the south

7. The Northerners had created an atmosphere of hostility and hate

8. The Republican President and Vice president were elected to achieve the aim of the northerners. In this situation, there was no other way but to leave the union completely.

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The secessionists had declared openly the reasons for their secession. One of the chief arguments for leaving the union was the frequent intrusion in their sovereignty. They voiced their stiff opposition against the continual interference in the Reserved Right of the states and hence there is a need for secession.
The southerners pointed out that they had formed a free union of self-governing states in July 4, 1776 during the Revolutionary war. They are free to secede from that union, whenever they wish.
Another important argument of the secessionists was related with the Declaration ...

Solution Summary

This solution contains series of secessionist arguments for leaving the union before the break up of the American Civil War.