I realize that I am using a controversial example to illustrate the point of this post, so let me start by making this perfectly clear: I oppose slavery — in every form!
That said, it is a matter of fact that the North was in the wrong, and the South was (is) justified to call it “The War of Northern Aggression.” The right to secede from the Union was clearly stated by the men who wrote and ratified the Constitution. But, because the South seceded over the issue of slavery, the issue has become so clouded by emotion that no one can see that the Civil War really was about States’ rights.
Let us first understand that the founding fathers understood that the States were free to leave the Union:
If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation… to a continuance in union… I…
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