January 16, 1857
A disunion convention assembled at Worcester, Massachusetts, at which the following resolutions were passed:
“Resolved, That the meeting of a State disunion convention, attended by men of various parties and affinities, gives occasion for a new statement of principles and a new platform of action."
“Resolved, That this movement does not seek merely disunion, but the more perfect union of the free States by the expulsion of the slave States from the confederation, in which they have been
an element of discord, danger and disgrace."
“Resolved, That henceforward, instead of regarding it as an objection to any system of policy, that it will lead to the separation of the States, we will proclaim that to be the highest of all
recommendations, and the grateful proof of statesmanship, and will support, pollitically or otherwise, such men and measures as appear to tend most to this result."
“Resolved, That the sooner the separation takes place the more peaceful it will be; but that peace or war is a secondary consideration in view of our present perils. Slavery must be conquered, ‘peaceably if we cane forcibly if we must.’”
In October of 1857 another Disunion Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1828 a Disunion Caucus was held in Charleston, South Carolina
In 1850 a Disunion convention was held in Nashville, Tennessee
In May of 1843 at the 11th annual meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society a resolution was adopted calling for the Union to be annulled.
In May 1844 in New York City an Anti-Slavery Meeting called for the dissolution of the Union and the repeal of the U. S. Constitution. Proposed by William Lloyd Garrison and won by a vote of 3 to 1.
On August 22, of 1844 Federick Douglas spoke in favor of Disunion.