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Tariff Revenue & Distribution 1859

 
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We are most fortunate in that the federal government was constitutionally
required to take a census in 1860 which gives us a snapshot of the demographics
of the country just prior to this momentous war. Let's look at these rough
figures from the United States Census for 1860.

Population: North = 47.5%
South = 39.9%
West = 12.6%

Tariff Revenues: North $72,000,000 on all tariffs
South $167,000,000 in cotton alone
West (Not included)

This means the South provided more than double the tariff revenue of the
North in 1859!

Yet, how was this money disbursed?

Federal treasury disbursements: North = 49%
West = 32%
South = 19%

The South receives less than 20% of the federal treasury for its
infrastructure after contributing more than 75% to the federal coffers. It is clear,
then, that the south had more than ample reason to be displeased with both the
tariffs and the revenue disbursements by the federal government.
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