Did the South have a Constitutional Right to leave the Union?
#17819. Asked by Socrates. (Mar 31 02 9:54 PM)
Fose4 says: |
As freedom of speech is a constitutional right then Yes the south did have the right.
Sun Mar 31 16:13:41 CST 2002 (Delete Entry)
This question is what started the Civil War. The north said no and the south |
said yes. Since the north won, I would say the answer is no.
The same thing is being debated in Canada right now in regards to Quebec. Don't
expect to a civil war any time soon though. Not enough guns to go around thank
I did find the following, so I guess it depends who you ask.
Q65. 'Where in the Constitution does it mention states' right to secede from
A. The Constitution does not permit a state to secede once it is a part of the
Union. However, it does not prevent it either. It could be argued either way.
The Supreme Court added its opinion in Texas v White (74 US 700 %5B1869%5D). It
said that the entry of Texas into the United States was its entry into 'an
indissoluble relation.' It said that only through revolution or mutual consent
of the state and the United States could a state leave the Union (it is
interesting to note that Texas benefited from the decision that it had
unconstitutionally attempted to leave the Union). See:
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