"We the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity-invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God-do ordain and establish  this Constitution for the Confederate States of America."

With the United States of America at divided over the issue of slavery and its extension into new territories in the West, the Confederates States of America was established and the Civil War ensued.  Just as very established nation did, the CSA adopted a constitution as one of the first steps in erecting their new government Just as the United States had the Articles of Confederation prior to the present-day Constitution, the CSA had a Provisional Constitution before their Permanent Constitution.

Despite being at the breaking point, the Confederate Constitution was modeled after the Constitution of the United States.  Both follow the same form and their preambles among many other elements of their constitution are the same except for the name of the nation and that of some policy and procedure differences that the CSA changed.  These changes symbolize the inseparable differences among the Industrial North and the Agricultural and Slave Dependent South and therefore constituted the forming of the Confederate States of America. 

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