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.

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Declaration of Causes

The Declarations of Secession are reproduced here for purposes of accurate historical and textual criticism. They present documentary evidence that the reasons these Confederate States give for seceding from the Union were entailed by their adherence to human slavery.

Four states issued two documents regarding secession: An Ordinance of Secession and a Declaration of Causes. The Declarations of Causes are included here. Of the remaining states, Virginia wrote a single document that cites causes for the Ordinance of Secession, which is included here also.

Secession of Georgia -- Declaration of Causes
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
Secession of Mississippi -- A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union.

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