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 Posted: Wed Dec 1st, 2010 04:04 pm
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39th Miss. Walker

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If you do a search a few years ago we discussed this at length.
One of the problems with the tariff question, which went back 40+ years before the war was the transfer of wealth to the North and it's application to internal improvements that favored the growing industrial base in the North with no or very little improvements in the South. The South did not see the need for either the tariffs or the internal improvements so they became a rallying point for Southern States Rights.
Also keep in mind the mindset of may in the South that many of these were actually "perceived threats", not necessarily actual actions.
To an extent it was the same thought process with slavery.
Where there were actual threats such as the tariffs on English woven goods, to protect the Northern mills, it was done to the detriment of southern slaveholders and their need for cheap cloth.
Keep in mind the South produced the raw goods, cotton, but the actual cloth was produced up North and then resold back South at a higher price than could be gotten from English mills. This type of situation really ate at the Southerners.

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