BTW, here's a nice seemingly balanced discussion of tariffs. Did tariffs really cause the Civil War? The Morrill Act at 150
But tariffs were a big issue in the immediate runup to the Civil War - not what tariff levels were but what the proposed bills might do to them if the Southern and Western states couldn't cobble together enough support to defeat the increased tariffs. It was all made moot when the South seceded and cleared the way for whatever the northern states wanted to do.The Morrill Tariff
For some years prior to the war the tariff rates actually stabilized around a relatively free trade status quo. This was due to the Walker Tariff of 1846, a lesser knownAmerican counterpart to Britain’s repeal of the Corn Laws that same year. Southern and western agricultural interests succeeded in lowering the tariff even further in 1857 with an across-the-board rate reduction, authored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Robert M.T. Hunter of Virginia.
So, yes, it was a big issue and constant source of disagreements, but was at best a DISTANT second to slavery.
Last edited by JasperL; 06-22-15 at 05:16 PM.
Remove it, that time and that flag should have been gone a long ways back.
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
heck i would imagine slavery would not have caused a war if tariffs were at reasonable levels.
“You can lead a horse to water, but it is probably crowded with all those people you taught to fish.”
You say it means different things to different people but there's a problem when the state flies a symbol that has been widely adopted by racists and has been THEIR symbol for a few decades now. Especially when SC first flew THAT flag in direct response to Federal efforts to end Jim Crow.
What you're suggesting is we ignore or rewrite the documented history of THAT FLAG. That's "Orwellian PC garbage" - rewriting history so that this flag has never represented anything but ice tea and mint julips and Southern Pride. That's false.
I get the impression (though Im not southern) that much of the pride comes from this. To this day I still hear southerners proudly mention individual family members that fought in the war.