Economics was indeed fundamental to the American Civil War. The economics of the South was still based on the economics of slavery -- now THAT'S slave wages indeed.<quoted text>To a large part the war was about taxes on import goods. Slavery had little to do with the war at all. That is not what is commonly taught. Big difference between the way the North and the South look at the war of Northern Aggression :)
And the real deal is that the South started the War firing on the federal Ft. Sumter; in truth, the War of Southern Aggression.