Phillip W. Magness

Historian – 19th century United States

Before you start claiming that tariffs caused the Civil War…

| March 12, 2014

It’s an argument we’ve all heard before: tariffs really “caused” the Civil War. The claim is unequivocally in error and was the historical biproduct of a conscious Confederate diplomatic strategy to draw the free trade-oriented Great Britain to its side in the war despite the latter’s antislavery disposition. There is a subtler truth though that […]