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The Inevitability Of Secession & Disunion

Since the days of the American Revolution when the colonies joined together to fight the domineering monarchy of King George III in order to create a new nation based on democratic ideals and principles as laid out in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, there has existed a sort of dividing line between the North and the South. This line has nothing to do with geography; rather, it was a philosophical line that separated the Northerners from the Southerners in relation to politics, economics, and how a society should be organized and operated. In essence, this philosophical line of separation began to widen in the 1830’s and 1840’s and by 1861 had expanded into a clear line of demarcation between Americans in the South who supported an institution known as human slavery and those in the North who vigorously opposed it. Thus, the secession of states like South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi from the Federal Union was an inevitable occurrence and as most American historians point out, was directly responsible for the bloodiest and most violent domestic dispute in U.S. history–the Civil War or as those in the South often referred to it, the War Between the States.