After the first U.S Civil War relations between the South and the North have been tense. During the spring of 1898 the Southern states of the U.S lost most of their crops to a beetle infestation. The Southern states asked the federal government for compensation for their loss of crops and food, and for the growing southern famine. The federal government refused as it was using its resources and money for the war with Spain. After the receiving Guam and the Philippines after the U.S's victory in Cuba, the federal government refused to allow Southern states to control the islands for farming. Which the Southern states desperately needed for farming. The Southern states formed the Confederation of Southern Farmers and declared war on the Federal United States.