Secession Declarations Essay

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In the mid-1800s, the United States could be identified as a ticking time-bomb on the brink of Civil War. One direct cause of the Civil War was the secession declarations of South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. Their willingness to secede from the Union is an undeniable example of how divided the country was at this time.
When the government denies inalienable rights of the people, according to the Constitution the people have a right to abolish it. This idea is acknowledged by the states. For example, according to Jefferson Davis, a senator from Mississippi in his “Speech upon Leaving the Senate”, secession is “justified upon the basis that the States are sovereign” . South Carolina concludes that their causes for secession is
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South Carolina, Georgia and Texas asserted that the government had not satisfied their responsibilities as stated in the constitution. According to the constitution, the powers not allocated by the government are reserved to states. They allude to the fourth article, the Fugitive Slave Law, which declares any slave laborer that escapes to another state must be returned to their owner and not discharged of their duties. The three states conclude that the article had been directly violated by the non-slave Northern states. Because of this, South Carolina specifically referred to the principle that states that the people can bring to an end a government that is “destructive of the ends for which it was instituted” , giving cause to their secession. Likewise, Texas explicitly feels that the lack of enforcement does not “accomplish the object of creation” of the Constitution, so it must be abolished. Mississippi uses an instance of separation from the past to justify their reasons for secession. In this historic event, the founding fathers of America declared themselves free from the dictatorship of the King due to the desecrations of their basic rights. Mississippi makes an allusion to this occurrence to validate themselves, claiming that “For far less cause than this, our fathers separated from the Crown of England”

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