Today, we are told that the War for Southern
Independence was about slavery. Rarely is the truth told that
slavery existed in both the north AND the South and that it was
really about money and control.
By 1860, the South was responsible for paying more
than 87 percent of taxes KNOWN AS THE MORRILL TARIFF going to
Washington, D.C.... even though the South totaled only about 25
percent of America's citizens. These taxes were largely due to
import tariffs on goods shipped into America through Southern
ports. Northern businesses did not want Americans purchasing
lower-priced goods from other places, so they used their majority
in Congress to pass tariffs that went as high as 50 percent in the
Tariff of Abominations.
Southerners saw that because we had fewer votes in
Congress, there was no way to stop the Northern states from
unfairly taxing the South to pay for all of their internal
improvements in the North, such as roads, railroads, and canals.
The South was left with no other choice but to
peacefully secede and form the Confederate States of America.