Feb 9, 1861 - The Confederate States of America is formed with Jefferson Davis, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army officer, as president.
This is in my humble opinion one of the most important times in history, and a major step in the wrong direction as intended by our founding fathers. As populations grew and more land was "acquired" the nation separated into subgroups again. This was similar to the Revolutionaries and Loyalists and neutrals of the first American Revolution. Truth be told our history is taught with an extreme slant, that the founders were completely correct and that their successors were noble in all their endeavors. This sadly is not only untrue, but impossible. The War Between the States could and should have been avoided at all costs. Instead butchery was shown on both sides, for the arguments of individual liberty versus the greater good.
In pre-revolution America "Intolerable Acts" were a fuse to the smoldering powder keg. The crown justified them for "the greater good." In the War Between the States, Abraham Lincoln justified his atrocities for the same reason.
Read this essay http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v07/v07p319_Dickson.html pay special attention to section 4.
The separation required NO fighting and was accomplished before Lincoln even reached office. Yet after this war America had won her "empire" and reacted accordingly.
Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution Sections 3,4,5
Sedition Act of 1918
The fact is that "state sovereignty" ended with the War Between the States. This country should have been split and recognized then, and at least once more as we moved further west. Instead we are acting towards a Global Empire, and I hold Abraham Lincoln accountable. They should melt all the Lincoln pennies, burn all the Lincoln fives, and remove the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln could be the worst president we as Americans have ever had to suffer, with Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and John Kennedy running second through fifth. (in no particular order)
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."- United States Declaration of Independence
Sic semper tyrannis,