The Issue of States' Rights
One of the key issues, in fact probably one of the major issues that led to the American Civil War was the dispute over the rights of the individual states. Not being too far removed from the war against Britain that created the independent United States themselves, it is likely that the mindset of being able to chart one's own political, social, and economic future still existed in the individual states, all of whom were controlled to some extent by the central federal government (Paludan, 1998).
First was the issue of taxation, which once again, was one of the factors that led to the fight to create an independent United States in the first place. Each of the individual states was required of course to collect taxes and forward that revenue to the coffers of the centralized federal