As these Declarations from the southern States show, their secession was much more than just about slavery. Since slavery was still protected by the Constitution, it was one of the clearest violations by the Union against primarily the agricultural interests of the southern States. High Tariffs on southern farm exports was surely another, but many protectionist policies and corporate welfare to those like the northern shipbuilders and smack owners and railroad subsidies to corporate interests played a key role in the “War of Northern Aggression” which I now from a libertarian perspective, believe is a more appropriate name for the first Civil War of the United States of America.
Our Government textbooks, government-subsidized media such as PBS and even Hollywood productions by the corporate giants have given us a history much more incomplete as these Declarations show. It proves that those in the leadership positions within the government are almost always in bed with special interests and that the call for some public good is often a disguise for a more devious activity. To be continued…..