Border and midwest states

atlantis

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The CS constitution exemption on prohibition on importing slaves granted to slave states in US discouraged the border states from seceding. Allowing free navigation of the Mississippi river discouraged Midwest states from seceding. If not for this the border and Midwest states would have joined the CSA. US tariffs benefits were concentrated in the northeast while raising the price of goods for Midwesterners and southerners alike.
 

GwilymT

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The CS constitution exemption on prohibition on importing slaves granted to slave states in US discouraged the border states from seceding. Allowing free navigation of the Mississippi river discouraged Midwest states from seceding. If not for this the border and Midwest states would have joined the CSA. US tariffs benefits were concentrated in the northeast while raising the price of goods for Midwesterners and southerners alike.

1) Under the US, there was a prohibition on importing slaves as well. The only state that wanted to open up the slave trade was SC. This has absolutely no impact on MW states or border states’ decision to secede or not.

2) Free navigation... if border states and MW states had all seceded, the border states and MW states would necessarily have access to the Mississippi River. Their secession would have guaranteed this.... the fact that they didn’t secede shows that free access to the river was LESS important than other issues in the free soil MW mind.

The border states and MW states did not join the confederacy because they had no interest in coming under the thumb of the slave power. The reasons you list above do not hold up.
 

Pete Longstreet

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Although some boarder states were split, the Governors of the boarder states (Missouri and Kentucky I believe) wrote to Davis and Lincoln regarding the supply of men to either army. They asked that all military personnel be removed from their territory and that they will not be supplying men to fill the ranks on either side. The people (split) and politicians in these states wanted to remain "neutral" and avoid any confrontations and did not want troops occupying or fortifying within their state. Although we know how that worked out. This was very early on in the war... those border states didn't want to be involved or get involved.... regardless.
 

major bill

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I am not sure how "Allowing free navigation of the Mississippi river discouraged Midwest states from seceding." Regardless, forfeiting the free navigation of the St. Lawrence seaway was probably more important to the Midwest states.
 
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