After Doyle and I discussed the issue of Charlestons worth to the Feds and the North and why they wanted to hold on to the forts, some thoughts came to me.
1. In every political movement there is a leader or leaders with a motive. In the 1860-61 South Carolina secession movement the leader, or leaders, seem to have been lost to history. Who would be considered the leader of this movement?
2. Was the issue of restrictions upon the institution of slavery by republicans and their allies the abolitionist the true motive for the leader or leaders of the secession movement of South Carolina?
3. What role, if any, did economics play in the South Carolina secession movement?
4. Who was to prosper if South Carolina successfully formed its own republic? Keep in mind, assuming all plans failed, and she was left as the lone seceding state, what was her plan to survive economically surrounded by foriegn states in which she would be dependent upon for all goods and services?
I'm not looking for reasons already posted here, I'm looking for fresh ideas.