The Right of Secession. A Review of the Message of Jefferson Davis to the Congress of the Confederate States.

“The theory of secession sits in judgment upon itself, and is its own executioner…”


Reply to an article by Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis written by Joel Parker (1795–1875), judge and Royall Professor of Law in the Law School at Harvard College.

Parker’s legal argument—marshalling historical facts and constitutional law—opposes the Confederacy’s right to secede from the Union: “...the theory of secession sits in judgment upon itself, and is its own executioner.” (p27) The Right of Secession was originally delivered as a lecture to the students of Harvard’s Law School and subsequently published in the North American Review before being edited and separately published as a pamphlet.

During the Civil War, “Parker became an outspoken critic of the Lincoln administration. He rejected Republican theories of war powers, and he angered abolitionists with his stand against the Emancipation Proclamation. Parker questioned radical Republican plans for reconstruction as vigorously as he opposed the Confederacy’s claimed right of secession.” (ANB)


Description: The Right of Secession. A Review of the Message of Jefferson Davis to the Congress of the Confederate States.

Cambridge: Welch, Bigelow, and Company, 1861. 39, [1 (blank)]pp. Pamphlet. 8vo. Printer wrappers; stitched. Inscription on upper over: “National Intelligencer”. Some chipping to wrappers along spine; lower wrapper starting; Good.

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