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 Posted: Thu Nov 29th, 2007 03:14 pm
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The southern states were not the first to consider secession. New England leaders approached Aaron Burr, then vice president, to run for gov. of New York. Burr at that time had learned that he had been dropped from the republican ticket of Jefferson, then seeking his second term as president. Burr would supposedly aid in the capture of New York. Federalists leaders envisioned the secession of New England in the wake of republican Jeffersons reelection (sounds vaguely familiar) which would lead to the formation of a federalist-controlled confederation of northern states.

Lots and lots of people talked about secession. Until South Carolina actually did it, it was just talked about. Consider that the entire idea of a Union was quite new. An untried principle. Would you say that the idea of a cooperative union did outweigh the idea of going it alone?

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