Rebellion and Recognition: Slavery, Sovereignty, Secession, and Recognition Considered

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Union and Emancipation Society, 1863 - 28 Seiten
 

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Seite 11 - But the defects of the confederation need not be detailed. Under its operation we could scarcely be called a nation. We had neither prosperity at home nor consideration abroad. This state of things could not be endured, and our present happy Constitution was formed, but formed in vain, if this fatal doctrine prevails.
Seite 10 - ... adopted. The leading object in establishing this government, an object forced on the country by the condition of the times and the absolute necessity of the law, was to give to Congress power to lay and collect imposts without the consent of particular States. The Revolutionary debt remained unpaid ; the national treasury was bankrupt ; the country was destitute of credit ; Congress issued its requisitions on the States, and the States neglected them ; there was no power of coercion but war;...
Seite 10 - Louisiana may secede, if she choose, form a foreign alliance, and hold the mouth of the Mississippi. If one State may secede, ten may do so — twenty may do so — twenty-three may do so. Sir, as these secessions go on, one after another, what is to constitute the United States? Whose will be the army?
Seite 11 - I consider, then, the power to annul a law of the United States, assumed by one State, INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE EXISTENCE OF THE UNION, CONTRADICTED EXPRESSLY BY THE LETTER OF THE CONSTITUTION, UNAUTHORIZED BY ITS SPIRIT, INCONSISTENT WITH EVERY PRINCIPLE ON WHICH IT WAS FOUNDED, AND DESTRUCTIVE OF THE GREAT OBJECT FOR WHICH IT WAS FORMED.
Seite 12 - But each State having expressly parted with so many powers as to constitute jointly with the other States a single nation, cannot from that period possess any right to secede, because such secession does not break a league, but destroys the unity of a nation...
Seite 24 - For these reasons, and not from mere views of selfish policy, the British government is decidedly of opinion, that the recognition of such of the new states as have established tie Jacto their separate political existence, cannot be much longer delayed.
Seite 22 - Government has declared its independence, and that there is now no opposition to it there nor a force to make any. For the last three years the Government of Spain has not sent a single corps of troops to any part of that country, nor is there any reason to believe it will send any in future.
Seite 25 - To continue to call that a Possession of Spain, in which all Spanish occupation and power had been actually extinguished and effaced, could render no practical service to the Mother Country; — but it would have risked the Peace of the World. For all Political Communities are responsible to other Political Communities for their conduct, — that is, they are bound to perform the ordinary international duties, and to.
Seite 12 - The Constitution declares that the judicial powers of the United States extend to cases arising under the laws of the United States, and that such laws, the Constitution, and treaties shall be paramount to the State constitutions .and laws.
Seite 8 - It is obviously impracticable, in the Federal Government of these States, to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all.

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