Some Northern reactions to secession

Zack

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More bovine droppings!! (Hilite is mine) The South wasn't after ruling the world, just Independence!
What's wrong with my post? I'm not offering any commentary on the firing on Fort Sumter or who was at fault or why the war occurred in the first place, just how Northerners reacted to it.



You can simply look at the rally in Union Square in New York City on April 20 for evidence as to how Northerners felt about the firing on Fort Sumter.

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Now sir what force of arms can compel a State to do which she has agreed to do? What force of arms can compel a State to refrain from doing that which her State government supported by the sentiment of her people is determined to persist in doing? Sir, the whole scheme of coercion is impracticable. It is contrary to the genius and spirit of the Constitution.

George H. Pendleton, (D), Ohio 1861

The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes By James Quay Howard, p.172
 

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"When any one State in the American Union refuses obedience to the Confederation by which they have bound themselves, the rest have a natural right to compel obedience." -- Thomas Jefferson, Writings, Vol. XVII.
 

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"When any one State in the American Union refuses obedience to the Confederation by which they have bound themselves, the rest have a natural right to compel obedience." -- Thomas Jefferson, Writings, Vol. XVII.
It was more than one.
 

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"No state can legally leave the Union. What is called "the right of secession" has no existence. It means the right of revolution, which belongs to every people....If the revolution succeeds, history justifies them; if they fail, it condemns them, even while not condemning their notions of action....If South Carolina should rebel--and secession is rebellion,--and if other states should join her, it would be the duty of the general government to compel them to observe the law..."

--Boston Daily Traveler, 1860.
 



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