Episode 3: Bonus Episode

Secession, thanks to California, seems to be in the news lately, but so is the idea of what Jefferson referred to as state interposition, or the ability of a state to nullify an unconstitutional federal law. This has had me thinking about the union and its nature, and how most Americans don’t even understand this anymore, if they ever did. Then, recently, I was listening to a podcast which sent me into meltdown (I’m not going to name the offenders so please don’t ask!). They said secession was not constitutional and that Abraham Lincoln, when he asserted that the Declaration of Independence created one nation, the United States, was correct. This is so incorrect that I swear my head exploded. Thus, episode 3 was born.

About the author, Shawn

I'm a historian, teacher, and university lecturer with a focus on militarization and empire in American history.

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