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 Posted: Thu Nov 11th, 2010 03:19 pm
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i guess i just want someone to really explain the reason taxes were the cause-thanks for any replies.
Texas Defender has already responded better than I can in that many hold that tariffs were a cause and many hold that they were not. This argument has been going on for decades now, and even moreso with the advent of discussion boards.

First, let me head off potential misunderstanding: any tax paid was a matter between the states and their people -- there was no Federal Tax. The complaint was with the tariffs, which only the importer paid. Of course, the importer was going to pass along the cost to the end-user.

Sometime back, a member did a little math and determined that 1860 total customs paid amounted $1.96 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. With about 9,000,000 souls in the slave states (including slaves) and about 22,000,000 in the free states, the idea that southerners paid a disproportionate amount is difficult to demonstrate.

Keep up the seeking.

Ole

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