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In "Letter to His Son" by Robert E. Lee, how does Lee describe secession? In your own words, explain Lee's argument against secession.

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In his letter to his son, Robert E. Lee makes it clear that, although he's prepared to defend states's rights, he does not believe that the best way to do that is through secession. He says that he can imagine no greater calamity than the dissolution of the Union (which, ironically, is an opinion he shared with Abraham Lincoln). Lee shares the grievances of most of his fellow Southerners, but he believes that the best way to address them is through constitutional means.

Secession is to be avoided primarily because it represents an attack on the United States Constitution. Like most men of his time, Lee deeply revered the Constitution, which he regarded as a depository of great wisdom. That being the case, it was simply unacceptable for the Confederacy to undo the good work of the Founding Fathers through secession. Seceding from the Union...

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