ular notion is that the State-rights—secession or disunion doctrine—was originated by Calhoun, and was a South Carolina heresy.
But that popular notion is wrong.
According to the best information I have been able to acquire on the subject, the State-rights, or secession doctrine, was originated by Josiah Quincy, and was a Massachusetts heresy.
This writer says Quincy first enunciated the doctrine in opposing the bill for the admission of what was then called the Orleans Territory (now Louisiana) in 1811, when he declared, that if the bill passed and that territory was admitted, the act would be subversive of the Union, and the several States would be freed from their federal bonds and obligations; and that, as it will be the right of all (the States), so it will be the duty of some, to prepare definitely for a separation, amicably if they can, violently if they must.
Whilst this author may be right in characterizing the development of the doctrine, and fixing this right as a M