Issue 1: Southern Secession


Senate Issue #1

Threat of Secession by Southern States


The Scene in the Senate: It is late in the year 1860. Abraham Lincoln has been elected president, but has yet to take office. Tension in the Senate is incredibly high as South Carolina is on the verge of seceding from the Union; if they do many other southern states will surely follow. Is there any compromise or piece of legislation that senators can come up with that will stop the United States from tearing apart?


Task: As the representative of your state you need to explain to your fellow senators and the American people your state’s stance on the threat of secession. Where does your state stand on slavery? States Rights? Is there any compromise the Senate could come up with to save to Union that you would vote for?


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