The Civil War

If the United States be not a government proper, but an association of States in the nature of contract merely, can it, as a contract, be peaceably unmade by less than all the parties who made it? One party to a contract
may violate it break it, so to speak but does it not require all to lawfully rescind it? 

                    Abraham Lincoln,
                    "First Inaugural Address"
                    4 March 1861

We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honor and independence; we seek no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of
any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This we will, this we must, resist to
the direst extremity. 
  
                 
Jefferson Davis,
                    "Message on Constitutional Ratification"
                    29 April 1861

Reading Assignment:

Henretta: Chapter 14

Gates' Notes

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