Why did the southern states secede in the civil war?
Officially, the main issue was "State's Rights" -- the right of a sovereign state (like South Carolina) to make its own laws, structure its own economy, without interference from the Federal government. In actuality, one of the main issues was a State's right to allow/promote/legalize slavery. Slavery was a key issue, but not the sole issue
The civil war. In the south, many referred to the Civil War as "The War of Secession". They wanted to secede from the Union, to be independent from the United States. To the south it was not a civil war. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_terms_commonly_used_to_refer_to_the_Civil_War#ixzz17HrNY7nk
A civil war is a war within a country. By definition, the war was within the US. We were not PART of the war, we WERE the war. It began when there was political disagreement between the Northern and Southern states, and the Southern states attempted to secede (withdraw) from the Union, and form another country. The war began on Apr.12,1861 with the bombardment of Fort Sumter.
The southern states certainly believed they had the right to secede, but most of the northern states disagreed. The question was answered by a sort of trial-by-combat called the American civil War. Because the Confederacy lost the war and the Union was preserved, it turned out that no state had the right to secede without Congressional approval.
Literally, the definition is "ruled by cotton". this is referring to the southern states and the Civil War. Literally, the definition is "ruled by cotton". this is referring to the southern states and the Civil War. Literally, the definition is "ruled by cotton". this is referring to the southern states and the Civil War.