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Public Choice

, Volume 153, Issue 1–2, pp 37–54

First Online: 23 February 2011Received: 12 July 2010Accepted: 08 February 2011

Abstract

Why fight secession? This paper is a case study on this question, asking why the North chose to fight the South in the American Civil War. It tests a theoretical prediction that economic motivations were important, using county-level presidential election data. If economic interests like manufacturing wished to keep the Union together, they should have generated votes to do so. That prediction is borne out by the data, and explanations other than Northern economic concerns about Southern secession appear unable to explain the results, suggesting that economic motivations were important to support for fighting the South.

KeywordsVoting War Secession American Civil War JEL ClassificationD72 H77 N41  Download to read the full article text



Author: Zachary Liscow

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