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|The thing is to look at the number of times prior to 1860 when a state or states actually considered seceding. Even then the states all believed they had the right to consider it. 1814 you had NH, Mass., Vt, RI, and Ct (Maine didn't become a seperate state until 1820 all seriously considering it and even going as far as sending a delegation to Washington to declare they were going to do so. The Nullification Crisis of 1828 to 1832 could have resulted in SC seceding thirty years sooner than it did. In 1844 in an editorial in The Liberatorr abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison said that it was time to secede from the government and on the same exact day his editorial came out the New England Anti-Slavery Convention voted to secede in order to break away from the slave holding states.
Even during the 1860s the South wasn't the only place where secession was considered. California, or at least Southern California, considered doing so and forming it's own nation in 1860. And West Virginia seceded from the rest of Virginia during the war.