A peculiar notion

Michael Froomkin - U.Miami School of Law froomkin at law.miami.edu
Tue Aug 12 19:14:51 PDT 1997

On Tue, 12 Aug 1997, Steve Schear wrote:

> So, if the people (legal voters in the states which planned to withdraw)

No, "the people" is the people of the united states as a whole.  The
federalist papers deals with this somewhere, where they explain that of
course the voting had to be organized state by state, because that tracked
the reality of how everything was organized, but nonetheless it was
intended to be a national pleblecite to produce a national government.

> had called a constitutional convention, whose vote was for withdrawl, it
> might (in your opinion) been a legitimate undertaking with binding result?

No. see above.
> I don't think the North would have accepted any withdrawl, not matter how
> it was decided within the South.



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