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The Mississippi Secession ConventionDelegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865$
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Timothy B. Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460971

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460971.001.0001

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January 16–19, 1861

(p.110) 7 Divergence
The Mississippi Secession Convention

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the increasing tensions between the delegates of the Mississippi Secession Convention with regard to presented ordinances, and the overall organization of the envisioned “Southern Confederacy.” It also discusses the concerns over the increasing power of the delegates. The Natchez Daily Courier noted that confusion existed as to whether the delegates were limited to the question of secession, or “to do what they pleased.” In order to face this controversy, George Clayton offered four resolutions that stated: that the convention was merely called to secede and set up a new government; that setting up a new government was “the extent of its power”; that the convention should not tamper in legislative areas which by extension could also lead to other areas of government such as the judiciary; and finally that the convention only amend the constitution to allow for secession and the creation of a new government.

Keywords:   Mississippi Secession Convention, Southern Confederacy, Natchez Daily Courier, secession, George Clayton, ordinances, judiciary

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