The South, which was known as the Confederate States of America, .
seceded from the North, which was also known as the Union, for many .
different reasons. The reason they wanted to succeed was because there .
was four decades of great sectional conflict between the two. Between .
the North and South there were deep economic, social, and political .
differences. The South wanted to become an independent nation. There .
were many reasons why the South wanted to succeed but the main reason .
had to do with the North's view on slavery. All of this was basically.
a different interpretation of the United States Constitution on both .
sides. In the end all of these disagreements on both sides led to the .
Civil War, in which the North won.
There were a few reasons other then the slavery issue, that the .
South disagreed on and that persuaded them to succeed from the Union. .
Basically the North favored a loose interpretation of the United.
States Constitution. They wanted to grant the federal government .
increased powers. The South wanted to reserve all undefined powers to .
the individual states. The North also wanted internal improvements .
sponsored by the federal government. This was more roads, railroads, .
and canals. The South, on the other hand, did not want these projects .
to be done at all. Also the North wanted to develop a tariff. With a .
high tariff, it protected the Northern manufacturer. It was bad for .
the South because a high tariff would not let the south trade its .
cotton for foreign goods. The North also wanted a good banking and .
currency system and federal subsidies for shipping and internal .
improvements. The South felt these were discriminatory and that they .
favored Northern commercial interests.
Now the main reason for the South's secession was the Slavery .
issue. Basically the South wanted and needed it and the North did not .
want it at all. The South was going to do anything they could to keep .
it. This was the issue that overshadowed all others.