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Re: “Sons of Confederate Vets rep gets pushy over Patriots Point

Something y'all might want to consider, when talking about secession, is that it was a New England concept. Three times, prior to the War for Southern Independence, the New England states threatened to secede from the Union. The first time was after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The second time was during the War of 1812, when they were upset that "Mr. Madison's War" was interfering with their commerce with Britain, with whom we were at war and whose troops had just burned the White House (Typical Yankee mentality, profit before principal.) The third time the Yankees made threats to secede was during the annexation of Texas. Funny, how when the Yankee's contemplated secession they deemed it to be their prerogative. Yet, when the Southern States attempted it, they labeled it an act of treason and made war upon them.

In 1832, South Carolina was involved in the Nullification Crisis that resulted from the Tariff of Abominations. The tariff, a tax on imports, was traditionally between 15 and 20%. The tariff of abominations sought to incrementally raise the rate to over 40%. A compromise was reached which lowered the tariff back to its previous level. In 1860, the Morrill Tariff was enacted and it was set to eventually raise the import tax to 50%. Approximately 90% of the Federal Governments budget was derived from this source of revenue and the South paid a disproportionate share of somewhere in the neighborhood of 85% of the burden. However, this money was used to enhance Northern infrastructure; dredging canals, building bridges and laying railroad track. The South had two choices: buy imports and pay the tax or buy New England manufactured goods. Either way, their money was going North without equitable reciprocation. This was the reason that Lincoln insisted on maintaining garrisons at Fort Sumter and other Southern ports; to control the shipping and collect the customs duties.

If you neophytes want to get into Lincoln, Abolitionism, Colonization, Free Soil or any other topics of heated debate, SAY THE WORD! and I will assist you in understanding the war in ways that you have never had the opportunity to grasp from P.B.S. or your High School History class.

Posted by Cowtown Rebel on February 20, 2010 at 8:28 AM
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