Why did the southern states want to control their own foreign trade?
Im studying Civics, history and Im stuck on some ???
- Blunt HonestyLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Because they had a huge hold on the agriculture at the time. Mainly tobacco and cotton.
- 1 decade ago
From: The South and Southern History
by Clyde Wilson
One of the most important works in Southern history is Frank L. Owsley's
Plain Folk of the Old South. Owsley demonstrates that the South was not,
according to abolitionist propaganda, made up of slaves, haughty
aristocrats, and degraded poor whites, but the bulk of the people were
independent farmers and stockraisers who had economic sufficiency and a love
of liberty and were not bossed by anybody. The official stance of academic
historians today is that "Owsley has been disproved." They must say this,
because if the Old South was not as the abolitionists fancied it to be,
desire for independence cannot be discredited and its invasion and
destruction cannot be justified. In fact, Owsley has not been disproved and
cannot be. The literature which might seriously challenge him does not
You cannot understand the conflict that led to the War of Southern
Independence unless you know something about the Old North. It was the North
that suffered a revolution in its ways of thinking and doing. The historical
path taken by the Old South is only explained by the economic, demographic,
political, and religious changes in the North in the 19th century. It was
these changes that brought to power the elements that demanded the
destruction of the South and that reinterpreted the Constitution and the
meaning of the Union. Only recently have historians begun to look carefully
at the Old North, and some good books have appeared. If there is one certain
indisputable generalization we can make about the North in the War and the
periods before and after, it is this: The Union side NEVER did anything with
a primary motive of benevolence toward the black population of America.
Southerners have historically been the most loyal to the United States and
ready to fight in its defense of all Americans. They are also the Americans
most loyal to their own region and their own states, and the most likely to
remain in their native territory. This is not paradoxical because loyalty is
an indivisible quality of character. Their loyalty makes Southerners natural
enemies of those powerful Americans who are not loyal to their people or
country but to the government and the "propositions" it allegedly
- 1 decade ago
Because importing and exporting was the whole Southern economy. Once again, the liberal north wanted to tax the hell out of everything. This would have, and is, ruining the industry. The south did not want to give their money to the federal government where it would be given back out to urban areas. They wanted the money to fund their own causes.
Oh, gee, that seems like modern times to me.
And clarification: The Civil War WAS mainly about taxes, NOT about slavery. The North had slaves as well, and it was only after the Civil War that they abolished slavery. This is something Uncle Sam has covered up for many years.
- 1 decade ago
I'm taking you mean around the Civil War times, right? Well, I think it was mainly because the Southern farmers depended upon the export of their cotton to places like Britain and such. The South was mostly farming, the North mostly business. That has to do with it, but I'm not really sure. If you need more help, then search Wikipedia.com for American Civil War, and it should help you plenty.
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- damndirtyape212Lv 51 decade ago
Basically, they wanted to be in charge of their own destiny. Remember they did not have the communication we do today. They did not have the travel we do today. Generally, people stayed in their own area of the country from cradle to grave. Those Yankees had no right what to tell us to do. They have machinery up there. We have to take care of our own affairs down here.
- O'SheaLv 51 decade ago
Point of clarification: are Yankees considered foreigners
- Anonymous1 decade ago
i dont know