"There were 337 weekly newspapers in New York, according to the 1860 United States Census. Of these, it was possible to locate and determine the positions of secession taken by 98 dailies or weeklies and three monthlies."
"Of these 101, 46 newspapers endorsed some form of secession. None of them favored New York's joining the South. However, the Albany Atlas and Argus wanted New York to join a central confederacy. Twenty-four opposed the use of coercion and argued that the South be permitted to leave the Union. An additional seven opposed coercion of the South but did not advocate that the South be permitted to go in peace, even though the end result would be the same. Three New York newspapers recommended that New York City secede, they were the New York Morning Express, Day Book, and Daily News." ~ The Secession Movement in the Mid-Atlantic States by William C. Wright (Associated University Presses, Inc., 1973), page 198. (Emphasis mine).
It should be obvious to even the casual student of the WBTS that secession was certainly not out of the mainstream of political thought in 1861. There was a fair amount of secessionist sentiment in Northern states, even among some politicians. Secession was not a new or radical concept and it was actually first used as a wedge by Northern states years before the crisis of 1861. Some historians and CW bloggers have become rather loose with labeling as a "neo-Confederate" anyone who suggests that Southerners legitimately believed they had a right to leave the Union in 1861 and that secession was, in their view, constitutional. Furthermore, those who suggest that Southerners were traitors for favoring secession are participating in a morality play and attempting to forward an agenda. They really have no understanding of 19th century political thought and theory. Such accusations really have no place for those interested in serious discussion of the political forces that were in play in 1861.