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Did tariffs cause the Civil War?

Contrary to a popular strain of postwar mythology, tariffs did not “cause” the Civil War. Tariffs did however play an important role to the early development of secessionist constitutional theory.

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Also to know is, how did tariffs lead to the Civil War?

The South did not secede primarily because of slavery. But it was not the primary reason why the South seceded. The Civil War began because of an increasing push to place protective tariffs favoring Northern business interests and every Southern household paid the price.

Secondly, did taxes cause the Civil War? The scholars immediately disagreed over the causes of the war and disagreement persists today. Many maintain that the primary cause of the war was the Southern states' desire to preserve the institution of slavery. Others minimize slavery and point to other factors, such as taxation or the principle of States' Rights.

Also to know, did the Morrill Tariff cause the Civil War?

So the simple answer to common questions about the Morrill Tariff is, no, it was not the "real cause" of the Civil War. And people who claim a tariff caused the war seem to be trying to obscure, if not ignore, the fact that slavery was the central issue of the secession crisis in late 1860 and early 1861.

What really started the civil war?

The war between the United States and the Confederate States began on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina. The immediate cause was Constitutional principle: the U.S. government refused to recognize the southern states' right to secede from the Union, and the C.S.

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