After 150 years Georgia acknowledges secession for slavery not states rights

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Next month on January 19, 2011, the 150th anniversary of Georgia’s secession from the Union, the Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker at the site of Georgia’s 1861 statehouse in Milledgeville.

The marker will include a statement that Georgia’s secession was directly related to the recent election of an anti-slavery Republican president, Abraham Lincoln.

The New York Times reports that Todd Groce, president of the historical society stated that:

this may be one of the first official recognitions in the state, at least in modern times, that slavery was the overarching reason for secession.

This is the position of mainstream historical scholars and researchers....

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