A definitive statement on the meaning of “States rights”

In recent years the breakdown of our once unified society in America by subversive radical factions, irreconcilable political differences and destructive cultural changes has raised the issue of State sovereignty and the right of the people to be free and independent of oppressive central government.

Before the War Between the States (or what Southern patriots sincerely believe was their War of Independence) Americas believed that States could not legally be denied the right to secede from the federation. In fact, even some Northern States had threatened that very action. During the War West Virginia actually seceded from the State of Virginia.

Many believe that the Southern States were denied that fundamental right by the Lincoln administration violating the U. S. Constitution and using military force to stifle dissent in Northern States, and wage an illegal war against Southerners–including immoral war crimes against their civilians.

Early American history, as described in the Abbeville Institute link below, makes the case for “The Doctrine of State’s Rights.” The long, but worthwhile review of that history is attributed to former president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. It originally appeared in 1890 in the North American Review.

This is a must-read for any serious student of American history, or citizen who supports the American origination process and our legal structure.




About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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