The purpose of this thread is not to argue about the true causes of the American Civil War. I believe the South’s purpose in seceding was patently the preserveration of the evil institution of chattel slavery, but I’m sure others disagree. But you can argue about that elsewhere if you don’t mind.
My question is this: Is it fair to say that the original thirteen states (to say nothing of states admitted later) would have believed, at the time of the formation of the Union, that they had the right to sever political ties with the larger nation if they so chose later? If yes, why? If not, why not?