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Was Secession Legal for the Southern States?

Was Secession Legal for the  Southern States? By Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery

     Any time you might hear anything about American history, specifically from the 1860s, there is much conversation about slavery, taxes and States’ rights! And yes, each of these topics are worthy of discussion but discussing any one of them often leads to overlook a most fundamental question: “Do people or a state(s) have the right to live under abuses by its government or are there tools by which its people can throw off such abuses or even withdraw from an abusive government?” I want to focus of the issue of the right of secession.
     Many people heatedly condemned the secessionists when the first Seven States seceded from the United States in 1861, viewing it as unauthorized or as unconstitutional. And yet, no such
disparaging remarks are made about the Secession of the Thirteen Colonies from the British Empire in 1776—or the Secession of Mexico from the Spanish Empire in 1810—
or even the Secession of Te…

The Generals Daughter: Julia Laura Jackson Christian

The Generals Daughter: Julia Laura Jackson ChristianBy Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery
Tonight I would like to present to you the young lady, Julia Laura Jackson Christian. Certainly, many other women could have been chosen to be the topic of a lecture, who were the daughters of the Confederacy. Women like Belle Boyd, a Confederate spy at
the age of 17, who was the daughter of Benjamin Reed Boyd, a Confederate soldier in the Second Virginia Regiment of the “Stonewall Brigade.” Another woman is
Helen Keller, who was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, and whose father was Arthur Henley Keller, a Captain in the Confederate Army. Another is Mildred Lewis Rutherford, a prolific pro-Confederate writer, whose father was Williams Rutherford, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Georgia and had two uncles who were Confederate Generals: Howell Cobb (a Major General) and Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (a Brigadier General). And the list goes on. But for tonight, I would…