Should Southern States Have The Right To Secede Dbq Essay

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Even though the South was a part of the Union, and was bound by a contract, the South had every right to secede from the Union. Many states of the North has broken the Constitution, therefore the agreement that keeps the Southern states from seceding is broken. The North has also gained overwhelming power over the South in Congress, therefore the Southern states are not equally represented in the Union anymore. According to the tenth Amendment, the rights that are not listed in the Constitution are reserved for the states, and the right to secede is not in the Constitution. Therefore the Southern states should have been allowed to secede from the union as the government of the Union did not protect some of their given rights. First of all, the Southern states had the right to secede because the North had too much power over them. “In all the non-slave-holding States…the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party…based upon an unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States” (Document I). Based on this quote, the Northern states started to believe in the abolitionist movement too much; so much that they started to consider the slave states as their enemies. As shown in the quote “By consolidating their strength, they have placed the slave-holding states…show more content…
As stated in the tenth Amendment, the south has the right to secede if seceding was not mentioned in the Constitution, which it was not. In addition, the agreement between the states were broken, allowing the states to secede. The Northern states also gained too much power over the Southern states, causing the South to become a minority in the congress, therefore their rights and opinions were not represented. The Northern states were causing the government to become destructive of the southern rights, such as their right to gain their slaves back, and therefore the Southern states had the right to secede from the
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