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 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 06:30 pm
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Texas Defender

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Hank C-

  Constitutionally, the right of the southern states to secede was the same after the Election of 1860 as it was before.

  The results of the election were not challenged. The southerners did not maintain that Lincoln was not elected, nor did they seek to change the results. No one plotted a coup to oust the democratically elected U.S. Government.

  The southerners did not seek to destroy the government of the United States, only to leave it. They did not threaten the existence of the U.S. Government at all. They just chose to opt out of it. As they saw it, they had every right to do so.

  The determination of the southerners to have their independence, and the determination of the northerners to prevent it meant that there would be a war. Both sides thought that they would soon prevail. Both sides were wrong.

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