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|Ultimately, the North's financial well being depended on tariffs, and forcing the south to purchase goods from the north. This was the main reason for the pressure put on the south by the north. Slavery was at the time not the primary focus or reason for discord and tension. Massachusetts had a law that forbade "freedmen" from settling within it's borders. Sounds pretty darn racist to me.
Remember, the slave trade was started by, and profits were enjoyed by the north. Don't be foolish in thinking that the North was innocent in the institution of slavery. In addition, the North only abolished slavery, as it was an unworkable model for thier economy. Instead they created indentured servitude, and treated the irish workers worse than slaves. Beatings, evictions, slums, etc. were typical.