A Bibliography on Secession

From: S
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2019 10:35 AM
To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>
Subject: Secession and self determination

Hello Prof. Block,

You and I had talked last year at Mises U regarding the topic of secession and self determination and where I could find more information on it and more reading material on the subject. I apologize for delay in emailing you. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what I could read or where I could look for more information on this subject? I appreciate your time and I hope this finds you well. Thank you. S, XYZ University

Dear S: Here is a list of readings on secession.

Adams, 2000; Baldwin, 2015; Block, 2002A, 2002B, 2007; Denson, 1997; DiLorenzo, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2015; Durr, 2018; Fedako, 2013; Gordon, 1998; Hulsmann, 2003; Hummel, 1996; Kreptul, 2003; McGee, 1994A, 1994B; McMaken, 2018; Rosenberg, 1972; Rockwell, 2015; Rothbard, 1967; Stromberg, 1979; Thies, 2009; Thornton, 1994; Thornton and Ekelund, 2004; Williams, 2015.

Adams, Charles. 2000. When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield

Baldwin, Chuck. 2015. “The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered.” July 9; http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3336/The-Confederate-Flag-Needs-To-Be-Raised-Not-Lowered.aspx

Block, Walter E. 2002A. “A Libertarian Theory of Secession and Slavery,” June 10; https://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block15.html;


Block, Walter E. 2002B. “Secession,” July 9; https://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block18.html; reprinted:http://www.secessionist.us/secessionist_no8.htmhttp://www.southernnationalist.org/secession_block.htm

Block, Walter E. 2007. “Secession,” Dialogue. No. 4; pp. 1-14;  http://www.uni-svishtov.bg/dialog/2007/4.07.WB.pdfDenson, John V., ed. 1997. The Costs of War: America’s Pyrrhic Victories. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers

DiLorenzo, Thomas. 1998.  “The Great Centralizer; Abraham Lincoln and the War between the States,” The Independent Review. Vol. 3, No.2, Fall, pp. 243-271; https://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_03_2_dilorenzo.pdf

DiLorenzo, Thomas. 2002. The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, New York, NY: Random House

DiLorenzo, Thomas. 2006. “Happy Secession Day.” https://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo103.html

DiLorenzo, Thomas. 2007. Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe. Crown Forum.

DiLorenzo, Thomas. 2015. “The Next Target of the Black Lives Matter Movement.” November 24;https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/11/thomas-dilorenzo/next-target-blacklivesmatter/

Durr, David. 2018. “Civic anarchism: The Spectre of Secession; What’s haunting Europe?.” February 17; https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/02/no_author/civic-anarchism-the-spectre-of-secession/

Fedako, Jim. 2013. “Secession and the Bonds of Peace and Prosperity.” January 2;


Gordon, David, ed. 1998. Secession, State and Liberty New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers

Hülsmann, Jörg Guido. 2003. “Secession and the Production of Defense.” Hoppe, Hans-Hermann, ed. 2003. The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production. Auburn, AL: The Ludwig von Mises Institute, pp. 369-414;


Hummel, Jeffrey Rogers. 1996. Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War. Chicago: Open Court.

Kreptul, Andrei. 2003. “The Constitutional Right of Secession in Political Theory and History.” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4, Fall, pp. 30-100; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/17_4/17_4_3.pd

McGee, Robert W. 1994A. “Secession Reconsidered,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall, pp. 11-33; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/11_1/11_1_2.pd

McGee, Robert W. 1994B. “Secession as a Tool for Limiting the Growth of State and Municipal Government and Making it More Responsive: A Constitutional Proposal.” Western State University Law Review. 21. Spring

McMaken, Ryan. 2018. “Secession Is Going Mainstream.” March 29; https://mises.org/wire/secession-going-mainstream

Rockwell, Lew. 2015. “The Libertarian Principle of Secession.” March 10;


Rosenberg, John S. 1972. “Toward A New Civil War Revisionism” in Gerald N. Grob and George Athan Bilias, eds., Interpretations of American History, I (New York: The Free Press, 1972), 459-479.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1967. “The Principle of Secession Defended.”  Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (Pine Tree Column), October 3.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1997.  “Just War” in Denson, John V., ed. The Costs of War: America’s Pyrrhic Victories. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers

Stromberg, Joseph. 1979. “The War for Southern Independence: A Radical Libertarian Perspective,” Journal of Libertarian StudiesVol. 3, No. 1, pp. 31-54

Thies, Clifford. 2009. “Secession is in our future.” http://mises.org/story/3427

Thoreau, Henry David. 1849. Walden and Civil Disobedience

Thornton, Mark. 1994. “Looking Forward (To Secession): Renewing a vision of independence and self-government.” Vital Speeches of the Day. Vol XL, No. 14, May 1, pp. 440-443

Thornton, Mark and Robert B. Ekelund. 2004. Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources.

Williams, Walter E. 2015. “Historical Ignorance.” July 13; https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/07/walter-e-williams/the-war-of-1861/




All the petitions can be found here- https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions/all/0/2/0/

To sign my home state Texas’ petition to secede, is here- http://t.co/RLaavGCC


5:20 pm on May 20, 2019