States' rights

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States' rights refers to the rights of the several states against the federal government, in American history. The concept of states' rights, and its alleged violations at the hands of the federal government, was a central topic in the Civil War. There, the Confederacy believed that the Union abridged the rights of the southern states by seeking to end slavery, among other things.

Further, the term refers to the continued question of federalism in modern United States politics.

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