Is Why the South Seceded

South Carolina Seceded December 20, 1860
But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution.

Mississippi Seceded January 9, 1861
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery - the greatest material interest of the world.

Florida Seceded January 10, 1861
It is denied that it is the purpose of the party soon to enter into the possession of the powers of the Federal Government to abolish slavery by any direct legislative act. This has never been charged by any one. But it has been announced by all the leading men and presses of the party that the ultimate accomplishment of this result is its settled purpose and great central principle.

Alabama Seceded January 11, 1861
Whereas, the election of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin to the offices of president and vice-president of the United States of America, by a sectional party, avowedly hostile to the domestic institutions and to the peace and security of the people of the State of Alabama, preceded by many and dangerous infractions of the constitution of the United States by many of the States and people of the Northern section, is a political wrong of so insulting and menacing a character as to justify the people of the State of Alabama in the adoption of prompt and decided measures for their future peace and security,

Georgia Seceded January 19, 1861
For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slaveholding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.

Louisiana Seceded January 26, 1861

Texas Seceded February 1, 1861
She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery - the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits - a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.

Virginia Seceded April 17, 1861
That the differences between the slaveholding ad non-slaveholding States can only be settled by the adoption of amendments to the Constitution, and that the interests of both sections of the country imperiously demand that the slavery agitation should be removed now and forever from the halls of Congress.

Arkansas Seceded May 6, 1861
The General Assembly shall have no power to pass laws for the emancipation of slaves.

North Carolina Seceded May 20, 1861

Tennessee Seceded June 8, 1861

The Confederate States Constitution
No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.

And It’s Still Legal
US Constitution, XIII Amendment: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.