The right to secede had not existed. Every state that ratified the Constitution ratified it including Article VI, which provides that the Constitution and laws of the United States shall be supreme over the laws of any state and that all officers elected or appointed of every state shall be sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States. An oath revocable at will is no oath. If the supremacy of a law can be revoked at will, it is not supreme. There was no right to secede, in 1861 or now. And it is a strange fight for liberty that seeks to preserve slavery. Make no mistake. While the four Outer South states that seceded after Sumter did so over states' rights, the first seven did so to keep their slaves.