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Taking Texit seriously: What would it look likeSecession has long tantalized Texans. Twice we’ve been moved to pursue it—first in 1836, when we fought to win independence from Mexico, then again in 1861, when Texas joined the other states of the Confederacy in leaving the United States. The latter move’s failure seemed to settle the question of whether Texas (or any other state) held the right to secede from the union. The U.S. Supreme Court case that made secession illegal—Texas v. White, from 1869—also rejected the notion that, because Texas was once an independent republic, it enjoys special privileges when it comes to secession. Still, the matter has never been put to bed entirely, and has been attracting fresh attention amid the Lone Star State’s latest clash with the federal government at…

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