The Real Causes

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(Cold Southern Steel) – November 4, 1860 An editorial in the edition of the Charleston Mercury said of the tariff crisis:

“The real causes of dissatisfaction in the South with the North, are in the unjust taxation and expenditure of the taxes by the Government of the United States, and in the revolution the North has effected in this government, from a confederated republic, to a national sectional despotism.”

Some Northern newspapers even condoned secession should the Southern States adopt that course of action. In the November 21, 1860 edition of the Cincinnati Daily Press, an editorial said of secession:

“We believe that the right of any member of this Confederacy to dissolve its political relations with the others and assume an independent position is absolute.”

Enforcement of the disputed Morrill Tariffs were the twelfth of the seventeen planks in the platform of the new incoming Republican Party….

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