Hidden From History: Tariffs Were the Real Cause of Civil War

Slavery or Tariffs: What Really Caused Secession? By Prof. Ray Goodwin

by TonyFromIN

CAN A STATE IGNORE FEDERAL LAWS THAT HARM ITS CITIZENS? This was the question that ultimately led to the Civil War. Northern industrialists and politicians were determined to force the South to “buy American” by placing high tariffs on cheaper goods coming into the South from Europe. The South found this an onerous burden and did what it could to bypass these tariffs. In the end, this unresolved issue was the cause of the war

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