Confederate States of America, the name adopted by the federation of 11 slave
holding Southern states of the United States that seceded from the Union and were
arrayed against the national government during the American Civil War.
Immediately after confirmation of the election of Abraham Lincoln as president,
the legislature of South Carolina convened. In a unanimous vote on December 20, 1860,
the state seceded from the Union. During the next two months ordinances of secession
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in a battle against
overwhelming odds, the struggles left it financially and industrially ruined at the close of
the Civil War. The process of restoring the Confederacy to the Union was called
Reconstruction . The U.S. Supreme Court, in 1869, in the case of Texas v. White,
declared secession unconstitutional.
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