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A House Divided: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Tweeting the Civil War: Gov. Pickens forbids reinforcements to Fort Sumter

The Washington Post is tweeting the events leading to the secession of South Carolina 150 years ago, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day, particularly The Washington...

By Mary Hadar  | January 7, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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David Blight: Was President James Buchanan correct when he said the executive lacked the power to coerce the states to remain in the Union?

The political reasons for Buchanan's position aside, his stand, or lack of one, on secession was a lame-duck's even lamer response to national crisis. There is no constitutional right of secession...

By David Blight  | January 3, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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John Marszalek: Was President Buchanan correct when he said the executive lacked the power to coerce the states to remain in the Union?

Still, he insisted, no state had a constitutional right to secede because the Founding Fathers had formed a permanent union. Yet, if a state seceded, however, there was nothing he could constitutionally do to prevent it...

By John Marszalek  | January 3, 2011; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Waite Rawls: Was President James Buchanan correct when he said the executive lacked the power to coerce the states to remain in the Union?

Claiming that he did not have the power was a way to avoid invoking the power and buy time for cooler heads and loyal Unionists to question their state’s secession...

By Waite Rawls  | January 3, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Frank Williams: Was President James Buchanan correct when he said the executive lacked the power to coerce the states to remain in the Union?

He, as with all Presidents, had taken an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution." If he was convinced that it was unconstitutional for a state to secede then he had the duty to take, as did his successor, the necessary steps to bring them back into the Union...

By Frank J. Williams  | January 3, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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