Documents of Secession

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States, and Acts of Secession were set in motion among the slaveholding states of the United States of America.

The documents pertaining to secession on these pages are listed here, along with other resources.

Many of the documents in these pages express execrable and injurious statements about race and that permanent stain on our history, the "peculiar institution" of American slavery. Needless to say, those statements are reproduced here for purposes of accurate historical and textual criticism only.


Secession of South Carolina -- Declaration of the Immediate Causes
Secession of Texas -- A Declaration of the Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union

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