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Secession of the Southern States

Pro/Con statements by Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln

Order item B381
The book is 28 pages, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $5.98 plus $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

     The doctrine that the several States of the American Union were sovereign, and that in entering the Union they did not resign their sovereignty, but were at liberty to withdraw at will, was intimated or implied in various acts and resolutions, and debated tentatively through many years, until it was plainly formulated by John C. Calhoun, of South Carolina. 

     It was strenuously disputed at that time by President Andrew Jackson and other statesmen, but, as an abstract doctrine, was accepted probably by the greater part of the Southern people. It came to the supreme test when, in 1861, ten States attempted to enforce it, and the great Civil War followed. 

     As President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis was officially the head and front of that attempt, and there can be no better or more authoritative presentation of the argument in favor than his, which is given herewith. On the other hand, there is no clearer statement of the argument against it than that contained partly in President Lincoln's inaugural address, and partly in his first message to Congress, which also follows.

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