Florida had hardly taken her place in the Union when the controversy of 1850 forced her to consider the advisability and probable necessity of breaking the ties so recently formed. The popular verdict in that year was for the Union. But in the succeeding decade there were constant assertions of the right of, and probable necessity for secession, which were climaxed in 1861 by secession itself. Just what fears and hopes, what prejudices and passions, operated during that fateful decade to change the verdict from Union to Disunion cannot be gauged with precision ; but surface manifestations of the process can be traced in the politics of the state, whether related to local or to national affairs.
"The Secession Movement in Florida, 1850-1861, Part II,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 12
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol12/iss2/3