In the lecture on Reconstruction and Recreation it is mentioned that the South, after the Civil War, is no longer a block to Federal Gov’t spending. Why is that? If the South still believed in the original intent of the Constitution, why not do what they can to block unconstitutional actions by the North? Is it because they did not have enough representatives in Congress?
During Reconstruction, the South was controlled by Republican-dominated governments. Besides that, several states had been admitted to the Union during and since the war, which left the South essentially unable to obstruct majority moves to further Hamiltonian mercantilism that had been implemented during the war.