One Nation, Indivisible?: A Study of Secession and the Constitution

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Fultus Corporation, 2006 - Political Science - 356 pages
Is secession legal under the United States Constitution? "One Nation, Indivisible?" takes a fresh look at this old question by evaluating the key arguments of such anti-secession men as Daniel Webster and Abraham Lincoln, in light of reason, historical fact, the language of the Constitution, and the words of America's Founding Fathers. Modern anti-secession arguments are also examined, as are the questions of why Americans are becoming interested in secession once again, whether secession can be avoided, and how an American state might peacefully secede from the Union.
 

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Contents

One Nation Indivisible? Introduction
9
One Nation Indivisible? Part One The Compact Theory versus the Nationalist Theory of the Union
19
One Nation Indivisible? Part Two Lincolns Case Against Southern Secession
71
One Nation Indivisible? Part Three The Modern Case against Secession
146
One Nation Indivisible? Part Four The Lincoln Legacy and Modern Secession Movements
259
One Nation Indivisible? Appendix A The Declaration of Independence
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One Nation Indivisible? Appendix B The Articles of Confederation Effective March 1 1781
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One Nation Indivisible? Appendix C The Constitution of the United States Effective among nine states June 21 1788
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One Nation Indivisible? Appendix D Calhoun versus Webster
321
One Nation Indivisible? Appendix E Abraham Lincoln on the Union and Secession
327
One Nation Indivisible? Appendix F The Emancipation Proclamation
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One Nation Indivisible? Notes
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