You are a cotton planter in South Carolina. Compose a letter to your friend in New York City explaining why your state just seceded from the Union.

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While we cannot, of course, write a letter for you, we can give you some ideas of what to say.  To write this letter, you should emphasize the following:

  • That slavery is an issue that should be left to the states.  You should say that the national government has no business trying to interfere with the affairs (like slavery) of any state.
  • That slavery is no worse than the "wage slavery" that occurs in the North.  You should point out that slaveowners take care of sick slaves and old slaves.  Factory owners in the North do not do any such things and their workers live as badly as slaves.
  • That your state is left with no choice because of Lincoln's election.  You should point out that Lincoln wants to end slavery (even though he says he won't) and that he has no reason to care about the South since he hates slavery and since no one in the South voted for him.

Therefore, to preserve your state's rights against people who hate your system without good reason, you need to secede.

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