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|I think it's important for them to learn that the idea of secession was not a new one. From the beginning, the states felt that each had a right to secede from the Union at any time they chose. Delaware was a hold out at the Constitutional Convention. South Carolina threatened it in Jackson's time and the issue was National Banks and not slavery. California considered becoming an independent Republic, and we all know, or should, the history of Texas. So many seem to point to the idea of the southern states choosing to leave the union as something unheard of at the time,when in actuality all of the above events took place before the Civil War.