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“If the cotton states shall become satisfied that they can do better out of the Union than in it, we insist on letting them go in peace . . . . We hope never to live in a Republic whereof one section is pinned to another by bayonets.”
Horace Greeley, editorial, December 17, 1860, The New York Tribune

South Carolina
became the first southern state to secede three days later.

“If the cotton states wish to form an independent nation, they have a clear moral right to do so.”
Horace Greeley, editorial, February 23, 1861, The New York Tribune

Five days earlier, Jefferson Davis was elected President of the Confederate States of America.

“It is not characteristic of Americans to sit down despondently after a defeat . . . Reverses, though stunning at first, by their recoil stimulate and quicken to unwonted exertion . . . Let us go to work, then, with a will.”

– The New York Tribune, July 30, 1861

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