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Slavery was one of the main reasons why the

Gulf States seceded. Virginia, North Carolina, Tenessee, and Arkansas did not secede because of slavery however. They seceded because Lincoln was demanding they provide militia to invade the original 7 Confederate states. However, the war wasn't fought over slavery. It was fought by the North to preserve the union and squash secessionist. A lot of Northerners protectionists were terrified of having to compete with a free trade South, independent of tariffs.

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