Georgia Division - Morrill Tariff 2 of 12 videos from the
Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has
created 12 one minute videos. This video is on the Morrill Tariff - a massive
increase in federal government taxation.
The Morrill Tariff
Another major cause of the War Between the States
of which you've probably never heard was the Morrill (pronounced "more ill,"
Heidi ) Tariff Act passed in 1859 which increased tariffs on the South from 15
percent to nearly 50 percent. Lincoln's first inaugural address stated his
resolve in collecting these taxes no matter what.
He said, "The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess
the property, and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties
and imposts (tariffs, in other words), but beyond what way may be necessary for
these objects, there will be no invasion - no using force against or among the
Ultimately, he was willing to sacrifice 620,000 American lives with his illegal
invasion of the Southern states who had legally seceded... and all this just to
keep money pouring into Washington, DC.
These were the grounds that sparked the first meeting for Secession 150 years