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The 2nd American Independence Day – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 4, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/07/thomas-dilorenzo/2nd-american-independence-day/

Since no one state has more rights than any other under the Constitution, when these three states entered the union it was assumed by everyone that all of the states – and future states — had the exact same right of secession.

This is why, with the election of Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800, the New England Federalists felt totally within their constitutional rights to begin planning to secede from the union.  A voluntary union is one in which the members of the union are free to join or not join.  The New England secessionist movement culminated in the Hartford Secession Convention of 1814, as discussed in great detail in the book, To the Hartford Convention: The Federalists and the Origins of Party Politics in Massachusetts, 1789-1815, by historian James M. Banner, Jr.

These New Englanders were extremely indignant and alarmed over being governed by Virginians (and Southerners in general), who they considered to be morally and mentally inferior.  They believed that Virginians like Jefferson, Madison and Monroe would use the powers of the state to plunder New England.  (That, after all, is what they would do if the shoe were on the other foot in.

Sucession. Another thing I did not learn in government school.

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