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Secessions Since the US in 1776

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Here are 116 secessions since the US seceded from the United Kingdom in 1776. The desire for states of the United States seceding is growing in popularity of late. The two times I raised the possibility of some or all states seceding I was met with incredulous derision, no interest in why it may be developing, or how things might go, or how it might be appropriate and beneficial. I assume part of the reason for this is that people typically do not think of the American Independence from the UK as being secession. It is. Here is the definition from Dictionary.com: “to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.”  To view the Declaration of Independence

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Here are 116 secessions since the US seceded from the United Kingdom in 1776. The desire for states of the United States seceding is growing in popularity of late. The two times I raised the possibility of some or all states seceding I was met with incredulous derision, no interest in why it may be developing, or how things might go, or how it might be appropriate and beneficial. I assume part of the reason for this is that people typically do not think of the American Independence from the UK as being secession. It is. Here is the definition from Dictionary.com: “to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.”  To view the Declaration of Independence as being the secession it was, takes a revision of understanding and the willingness to apply the term to one’s own country. Why we even have a major holiday celebrating the secession from the British known as Independence Day! As you can see from the list, secession is common and worldwide, and is not some strange unheard-of offensive event.

And raising the point that in fact the United States is the product of not one, but four secessions is just too shocking for many to even consider. I am not counting the failed secession attempts of 1860-61 here, but 1789 when the 11 states under the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded and set themselves up under the US Constitution from the same, leaving behind only the two states of North Carolina and Rhode Island under the Articles. Yes, these two states later joined in union with the 11 initial seceding states, but that does not change the fact that the 11 states did in fact leave the larger union of the 13 states, that is, seceded! So, we have 4 secessions to create today’s US, 1776, 1789 of 11 states and later that year, North Carolina, and 1790 with Rhode Island. Then came Maine in 1820, the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, West Virginia in 1864, and Alaska in 1867. I lay it out here for clarification:

  1. 13 colonies of the United Kingdom seceded to form the United States in 1776.
  2. 11 states of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded to form the United States under the Constitution in 1789.
  3. 1 state, North Carolina, of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded to join under the Constitution later in 1789.
  4. 1 state, Rhode Island, of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded to join under the Constitution in 1790.
  5. 1 state, Maine, which was formed out of Massachusetts.
  6.  1 area, The Gadsden Purchase, which was an addition to Arizona and Mexico from Mexico.
  7. 1 part of Virginia, West Virginia, which left Virginia in 1864.
  8. Alaska which was purchased from Russia in 1867.

So, if anything, I am undercounting the number of secessions that took place, as there were 13 in 1776, 11 more in 1789, 1 more later in 1789 and 1 in 1790, plus Maine in 1820, the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, West Virginia in 1864, and Alaska in 1867. So, that is 30 secessions to give us the current United States!

The secessions of 1776 were a reaction against the UK laws including taxation without representation, forced housing of troops, closing of ports, and other such actions spelled out in The Declaration of Independence.

So, what about today? Why are Americans more willing to consider secession today than in past decades? Some of the common complaints are that the FBI and the Justice Department have been corrupted into the enforcement arm of the Deep State investigating and prosecuting its enemies while protecting its allies, federal spending being out of control with unprecedented spending to the tune of trillions each year more than tax collections–despite record tax collections which are then coupled with the apparent plan to destroy the dollar by printing literally trillions more each year, endless wars in the Middle East creating needless enemies, troops in more than 140 countries, trampling of individual rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights, plans for packing the Supreme Court, the embrace of all “woke” demands, etc. etc.

(Be sure to click the link for Brexit for a better understanding of what is happening in Great Britain.)

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