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July 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm #15361
The constitutional argument centered on the same principles Jackson used when he advocated the Force Bill in the 1830s against South Carolina. Secession was illegal, the States were in “rebellion” against the government, and had violated Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution. I don’t think any of these points are valid, but those were the arguments, generally, most importantly the first of the list.