Secession has been back in the news of late. Hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country signed petitions seeking permission for their states to leave the United States after President Obama’s reelection; Governor Perry riffed on Texas’s departure from the Union “if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people”; and members of the Second Vermont Republic insist the Green Mountain State would be better off alone. Overseas, a bid for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom nearly prevailed last fall.
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Jessica Bulman-Pozen, Secession, Then and Now, JOTWELL (April 10, 2015) (reviewing Alison L. LaCroix, Continuity in Secession: The Case of the Confederate Constitution (forthcoming), available at SSRN), https://conlaw.jotwell.com/secession-then-and-now/.