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Government of South Carolina

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Government of South Carolina

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At a Glance

  • The Declaration of Causes is a combination of four documents, drafted by delegations in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas during the winter of 1860–61.
  • These documents offer a firsthand account of the reasons for the South's decision to secede from the Union, providing insights into the causes of the Civil War.
  • Slavery and what the South assumed was the North's interest in ending slavery were chief among those causes.
  • These documents served as a rallying cry for other Southern states as they debated secession; they were also intended to drum up international support for the proslavery cause.
  • The documents make clear that the election in 1860 of the antislavery Republican Party candidate, Abraham Lincoln, to the presidency was the instigating event for secession.
  • The documents' authors repeatedly describe enslaved African Americans as property, and one of their major complaints was the Northern states' increasing resistance to returning enslaved fugitives to the South.
  • In its defense of slavery, the Declaration of Causes paints African Americans as a dependent race, happy with their servile station and reliant on the benevolence of white people.
  • Finally, the documents are constructed around the premise that the United States is a voluntary collection of sovereign governments, with each state government having the authority to withdraw from the Union at a time of its choosing.


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