“The secession of the Southern States, individually or in the aggregate, was the certain consequence of Mr. Lincoln’s election.”-
“If one State may secede, so may another; and when all shall have seceded none is left to pay the debts”
“If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation…to a continuance in union… I have no hesitation in saying,
‘let us separate.’ “-Thomas Jefferson
“Had (President) Buchanan in 1860 sent an armed force to prevent the nullification of the Fugitive Slave Law, as Andrew Jackson threatened to do in 1833, there would have been a secession of fifteen Northern States instead of thirteen Southern States.
Had the Democrats won out in 1860 the Northern States would have been the seceding States not the Southern.”
George Lunt of Massachusetts, Origin of the Late WarCulture