typo on my part...point being that I don't understand why they couldn't have tried to use economics to bring about change, instead of Secession...the legality of which was questionable. Seems to me the cotton growers wanted their cut, no matter what the consequenses. States Rights sounds great till you run into the situation where folk can't agree on a course of action, or agree on a badly chosen action.
"Confederate government never officially authorized an embargo act with Europe only the North."
Oh, they kept it "out there" as a veiled threat. The people were sure for it, as in all the major Southernm ports had groups of folk to make sure the "embargo" was enforced, with the Government NOT stopping it. The arogance of all involved was a huge miss-calculation.