Lincoln, the constitution, and secession

Peter Radan*

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Akhil Reed Amar has written that "the legality or illegality of secession was probably the most serious constitutional question ever to arise in America." In relation to this "most serious constitutional question," Cass Sunstein has asserted that "no serious scholar or politician now argues that a right to secede exists under American constitutional law." Laurence Tribe cites President Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address of March 4, 1861, as the "definitive articulation" of this view of Amar's "most serious constitutional question.". 3.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecession as an International Phenomenon
Subtitle of host publicationFrom America's civil war to contemporary separatist movements
EditorsDon H. Doyle
Place of PublicationAthens, Georgia
PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780820330082, 0820330086, 9780820337128, 0820337129
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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