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Revolutionary War vs. War for Southern Independence

Let’s explore the reasons for the Revolutionary War and the War of Northern Aggression. The similarities and differences between the two. So, the first we will cover is the revolutionary war.
Britain wanted to make as much money as they could from the colonies that they could. They enacted many policies that hurt the newly formed colonies. Such as the Navigation act to regulate trade to the states, and to continue Britain’s monopoly over the colonies. Parliament passed several acts that led to the war the biggest are known as the Intolerable Acts.
The intolerable acts were passed as a response to the British tea party. They passed the Boston Port Act which closed off the ports until the colonies paid for the tea they destroyed.
The Massachusetts Government Act which took away all forms of colonial government. Also, limited town meetings for one year, unless the governor who was appointed by the king called for one.
The Administration of Justice Act that allowed for the royal governor to order trials of officials in Britain. The act was also said to give reimbursement for travel to England as a witness. Of course, it was only travel that was given back not the pay for them missing work. So many could not afford to go and be witnesses in these trials. George Washington called this the murder act.
The last is the Quartering Act this act was that any British troops that were in the colonies had to be housed. The governor was able to put soldiers in homes as well as anywhere suitable for them to stay.
These acts were said to be a wicked system for destroying the liberty of America by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. Because of these acts that Britain put into effect with us the colonist turned against Britain. So, taxation without representation was part of why we left England’s rule. Sound familiar sounds like the reason the South left the Northern government.
Now let’s cover the reason or reasons the South wanted out of the Union. The biggest reason we left was called the Morrill tariff. It was voted on in May of 1860 and passed a vote of 105 to 64. Largely due to 35 absent members of congress. The bill was brought to the floor of the Senate with minor amendments was passed. The first was quickly replaced with the revenue act of 1861.
From 1857 to 1860 tariffs where at the lowest in the world being 17% overall and 21% on dutiable goods. The tariff raised the averages to 26% overall and 36% on dutiable items. In the summer of 1861 rates were raised again to 10 more percent over what it already was. Between 1861 thru 1865 federal taxes were $345 million from custom revenue when military spending equaled over 3 million.
The British were against the tariffs and raced to get the goods the had sent over before it went into law. Charles Dickens stated it best with, “If it not be slavery, where lies the partition of the interests that has led at last to actual separation of the Southern from the Northern States? Very year for some years back, this or that Southern state had declared that it would submit to this extortion only while it had not the strength for resistance. With the election of Lincoln and the exclusive Northern party taking over the federal government, the time for withdrawal had arrived … The conflict is between semi-independent communities in which every feeling and interest in the South calls for political partition, and every pocket interest in the North calls for union… So, the as stands, and under all passion of the parties and the cries of the battle lie in the two chief moving causes of the struggle. Union means so many millions a year lost to the South: secession means the loss of the same millions to the North. The love of money is of this, as many other evils… the fight between the North and South is, as it stands solely a financial one.