Originally Posted by La literatura
It's not worth going over because your understanding of the history is completely wrapped up in a limited federal government ideology. I don't believe you're interested an objective view of the causes of the Civil War, so I'm not interested in pretending to have an objective discussion about it. Rather than get angry about it, I'm just going to no longer engage in a discussion with you about it. I hope you understand.
The American System was a program designed to modernize American industry and provide tariffs to protect said industry (among other initiatives such as national bank and federally funded roads, canals ect.) led to what has become known as the Nullification Crisis.
South Carolina in the early 1830s convened a convention of delegates that declared the Tariff of 1828 (also known as the Tariff of Abominations) and the Tariff of 1828 as null and void. These tariffs had hit South Carolina especially hard.
The issue of state nullification was a state's right issue resulting in large part due to the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions dating back to 1798. In response to South Carolina's nullification congress passed The Force Bill granting President Jackson the authority to use federal force (including military) to render compliance.
I have tried to explain repeatedly, as it has fallen upon deaf ears, that I am in no way minimizing the role slavery played the cause of the war. I am stating simply that it fell into the much broader category of state's rights, of which there were several issues encompassed. This was a war fought over the supremacy of the states versus the supremacy of the federal government. I am sorry but, you cannot sum up the cause for the split in one neat little package where one side was completely right and the other completely wrong. That simply is not how it happened.
Your insistence on refusing to acknowledge this very simple and obvious concept shows that the lack of objectivity on this issue is on your part. Your veiled ad hominem attacks of racism because I am simply stating a broader view to the situation further demonstrates your lack of objectivity. And in light of that, my feelings will be in no way hurt if you choose to follow through with your vow to no longer respond to me. Good evening.
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