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Old February 5, 2009, 03:51 PM   #11
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The Civil War made succession illegal. The post-war legalities just tidied things up.

Then again, the United States was founded on illegal activity punishable by death (i.e. rebellion) so we have a long history of showing due regard for such imperial pronouncements.
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