Editor says, what if New England had seceded from the Union during the War of 1812? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality secession was discussed but never taken to vote. Otis considered the War of 1812 to be the death knell for the Democratic-Republicans and Madison's regime. Instead, the Hartford Convention called for a series of amendments mandating greater separation of powers among the states as presidents could not follow one another from the same one (and only one term per president), limiting embargoes and the ability to declare offensive war, and repealing the three-fifths count for slaves. The commissions arrived in Washington to find the victory of New Orleans and the favorable Treaty of Ghent utterly demolishing their stand, and the Federalist Party would never recover the political misstep. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.