Summary: Food Riots During The Civil War

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Like the North, the Confederacy borrowed an immense amount of money in order to be able to pay for the war. However, since Congress was planter-dominate, they would not impose heavy taxes that planters would have to pay for. Instead, they printed an immense number of paper money. Congress allowed military officers to hijack goods and pay citizens with that money; many southerners extremely disliked these attacks and in some cities, food riots were started. Nearly 100,000 men had abandoned the Confederate army by the end of the war. In 1861, the Confederate government allowed the arming of slaves to fight for them in the Civil War because of the increasing shortage of capable white men in the South. Many slaveholders refused it, not wanting
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