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Chapter 12: Coercion the alternative to secession repudiation of it by the Constitution and the fathers of the Constitutional era difference between Webster and Hamilton. The alternative to secession is coercion. That is to say, if no such right as that of secession exists—if it is forbidden or precluded by the Constitution—then it is a wrong; by a well settled principle of public law, for every wrong there must be a remedy, which in this case must be the application of forc
on of military coercion was uniformly treated, as in the above extracts, with still more abhorrence.
No principle was more fully and finally settled on the highest authority than that, under our system, there could be no coercion of a state.
Webster, in his elaborate speech of February 16, 1833, arguing throughout against the sovereignty of the states, and in the course of his argument sadly confounding the ideas of the federal Constitution and the federal government, as he confounds the so