After the Revolutionary War, the New England states were in large part, developed from English immigrants who had lived in English towns. In the Southern states, the Carolinas, Maryland and Virginia, though not entirely, English immigrants from the English countryside settled. When looking at American history this way, one realizes how culture, business, agriculture, lifestyle and attitudes were developed pre-Civil War.
There was a difference between the north and south, long before the Civil War. Manufacturing was growing in New England and they wanted the South to buy their products. But the South wanted to get them where the prices were cheapest, which was often through foreign trading. When New England manufacturers looked out into the ports and saw foreign ships, they saw business slipping away, so their desire was to tax those ships so that they could profit from trading their goods. It sounds to me like it was an early “made in America” movement. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry and the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy. Available here:
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