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Did the South have the right to secede from the union?
Last Updated: 16th June, 2020
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Considering this, is it legal for Southern states to secede from the union?
The Constitution does not directly mention secession. The Supreme Court has consistently interpreted the Constitution to be an "indestructible" union. There is no legal basis a state can point to for unilaterally seceding. Many scholars hold that the Confederate secession was blatantly illegal.
Beside above, what did Southern states secede from the union? Secession is the act of a state formally leaving the Union. Many believe that secession is what caused the war too. With southern states actively leaving the Union, war broke out. The states that seceded were South Carolina,Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana.
Herein, why did the South secede from the Union in 1860?
Southern states that seceded immediately after Lincoln's election in 1860 did so because they had already been planning it in the event of a Republican victory. Their motivation involved what they perceived as a threat to the institution of slavery, which their economy was dependent upon.
Why didn't the union let the South secede?
In effect, South Carolina seceded because the federal government would not overturn abolitionist policies in Northern states. South Carolina seceded because the federal government would not violate a state's right to abstain from slavery and its concomitant policies.