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Definition formal separation from an alliance or federation

Secession or secede is often used to reference the withdrawal of the southern states from the United States prior to the Civil War.
  • The people of Serbia were upset over Kosovo's secession.
  • One 2007 poll found that 13% of Vermont's population support secession from the United States.
  • The south attempted to secede after Lincoln's victory because the south had different economic interests than the north and were especially concerned about Lincoln's anti-slavery stance.
  • When Alabama seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, Winston County seceded from Alabama, and every child in Maycomb County knew it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • seceded = separated
  • One of those towns, called Poison, tried to secede (that means quit, I looked it up) from the rez.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • secede = formal separation from an alliance or federation
  • When Alabama seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, Winston County seceded from Alabama, and every child in Maycomb County knew it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • seceded = separated
  • I only understood the name after watching Auri jump all three in quick secession to make it to the other end.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • In December, South Carolina seceded from the Union.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Katanga had once tried to secede, after all.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • We have heard them threaten to secede so often that I formed an enthusiastic organization The American Friends for Texas Secession.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • There's talk of seceding from the Union.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He remembered the night in Arlington when the news came: secession.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Two centuries ago the Secession made us leery.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The Sergeant-President, an uncouth, barbaric man, had only one thing in common with the Emperor: he'd never let Eritrea secede.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • To the south was Surda, a small country that had seceded from the Empire after the Riders' fall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • On January 9,1861, Mississippi passed the ordinance of secession.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Southern states had seceded in response to Lincoln's election by a constitutional majority in a fair vote held under rules accepted by all parties.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Talk of New England seceding became commonplace.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • This Lincoln suppressed secession and refused to acknowledge that the right of revolution he had so boldly accepted belonged to the South.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Suffering States would secede.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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