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First I will acknowledge it is difficult to write on this topic neutrally, even 150 years later, as the scar of the Civil War still runs through the country. I'll do my best to remain factual. Did the Southern States make any attempt to secede from the Union, prior to 1861, through an act of Congress? I cannot find any record of a serious attempt, no. ...


No, they did not. If they did, most likely they could get peaceful separation (considering that Corwin Amendment passed Congress even without votes of seven seceding states). Instead, they recalled representatives from Congress, and demanded recognition from presidents (Buchanan and Lincoln), who did not have constitutional power to change state legal ...

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