How did the southern states justify secession?

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How did the southern states justify secession?

The Kansas-Nebraska Act:

In 1854, the U.S. Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act granting those territories self-determination on the issue of slavery and voiding the 1850 Compromise. In December of 1860, the southern states began to secede from the Union following the election of Abraham Lincoln.

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The southern states justified secession on the grounds of state's rights.

South Carolina led the other states in seceding and argued that the...

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Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline

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Chapter 1 / Lesson 3
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In this lesson, we will explore the secession of the 11 states that made up the Confederate States of America. We will discover their reasons for leaving the Union and take a look at the motives of the slave states that chose not to join the Confederacy.


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