Often when the issue of secession has been “historically” dealt with
it has been done in such a manner as to give the impression that it was
purely a Southern political phenomenon. Clearly our present
establishment “historians” love to have it so. As usual, there is a
little more to the story than what they are pleased to tell us.
Lots of people other than Southerners, in years gone by, admitted the
right of secession in this country. Well-known anti-slavery American
jurist Joseph Story admitted the right of a state to withdraw from the
Union. Judge Story stated: “The obvious deductions which may be, and
indeed have been drawn, from considering the Constitution as a Compact
between the States, are, that it operates as a mere treaty, or
convention between them, and has an obligatory force upon each State no
longer that it suits its pleasures, or its consent continues;…and that
each State retains the power to withdraw from the Confederacy, and to
dissolve the connection, when such shall be its choice;…” So it would
seem that Judge Story thus admitted the right of a state to secede.