Jeanette Doran: Anti-secession rule

November 20, 2012 

Anti-secession rule

In recent weeks, thousands of North Carolinians have signed a petition asking that North Carolina secede from the United States. Secession efforts overlook a mandate of our state constitution which explicitly prohibits secession.

In the wake of the Civil War, North Carolina adopted a new state constitution in 1868 which included a provision banning secession. That provision remains in our current constitution. Article I, section 4 provides: “The State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation; there is no right on the part of this State to secede; and all attempts, from whatever source or upon whatever pretext, to dissolve this Union or to sever this Nation shall be resisted with the whole power of the State."

The N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law created a free app of the state constitution which people can find on our website, ncicl.org or online at various app stores. The app is available for Apple and Droid devices.

Executive Director, N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law

Raleigh

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