- Feb 2015
That's a nice rebuttal.
I gave your idea some consideration. It's complicated.
I would add some history. I am not sure it is "suppressed," but you can't find all these episodes in any one book that I know of. There is clearly a history of people seeking to exercise their right of political self-determination in North American during this time.
Let me add to your post, it wasn't merely the War of 1812 driving the New England Secessionists to the Hartford Convention. Before that, it was the Embargo Act, and before that it was the Louisiana Purchase, and throughout it was anyone who didn't want to go to war with France, like that "Jacobin" Jefferson driving secession talk. As early as 1796, a Massachusetts politician said they should secede if Jefferson wins. Earlier than that, it was Delaware seceding from Pennsylvania and New Hampshire seceding from a combination of New York, Vermont and Canada. Later on, it was Texas and two other Mexican states seceding from Mexico, and discussion of forming a separate Mid-Atlantic Confederacy. So, it's sort-of 'in the blood.'
1. Without slavery, what economic impetus is strong enough to split the United States? Tariffs?
2. And what is the status of black people in your hypothesis? There weren't any because slavery disappeared ca 1800 or never happened? Thye are free and as of when? Do they have their own territory? Or are the moving from one place to another and getting someone angry?