Sustaining Slavery was Unequivocally the Primary Economic Reason the South Rebelled

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lurid

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It is undisputable that slaves accounted for more than $3 billion in 1860, and slave labor even more. In the seven states where most of the cotton was grown, almost one-half the population were slaves, and they accounted for 31 percent of white people’s income; for all 11 Confederate States, slaves represented 38 percent of the population and contributed 23 percent of whites’ income.

There is a marked similarity between the trends in the export of cotton and the rising value of the slave population, and I don't believe it was coincidence that the more cotton that was produced the slave's value increased. Note chart below:

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Imo, all the talk about secession, tariffs were nothing but a façade personified with rhetoric. The south's economy of exporting cotton depended on slavery. Period...

https://eh.net/encyclopedia/the-economics-of-the-civil-war/
 
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