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Secession of South Carolina- Following the election of Abraham Linclon as President of the United States in 1860 South Carolina was the first of 7 states to secede from the union They claimed as their reasons for secession frequent violations of the Constitution by the federal government and encroachments upon the reserved rights of the Senate But did South Carolina have the right legally or morally to secede from the Union and establish its own Confederacy After all didnt they fight so hard to become a free and independent country from Great Britain in the American Revolution less then a century ago And now they are seceding from their own country that they fought for and are causing a war in an attempt to establish their own country Legally South Carolina had the right but not morally Following the American Revolution all at that time 13 states signed a Declaration of Independence stating that they are and of right ought to be FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES and that as free and independent states they have full power to levy war conclude peace contract alliances establish commerce and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do In 1783 a treaty was signed with Great Britain that acknowledged them as FREE SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT STATES having the right to govern itself and the right of the people to abolish a government when it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was instituted Then in 1787 the Articles of Confederation was revised becoming the Constitution of the United States This added to the Articles of Confederation that exercises were restrained necessary for their existence of sovereign states amendment added-declared that powers not delegated to the US by
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