On 17 Oct 2013
What if the Confederacy...were the Good Guys!?!,
It was definitely about a LOT more than slavery. That war was in the making for hundreds of years before the Brits settled the west.
You had two cultures in England that didn't like each other are were similar to North and South here. In fact, that is how they settled our East coast! Puritans, Calvinists and they continued to not get along once they were here.
Lincoln was an evil MFer... He didn't care about slavery and didn't even free the slaves in the union states during the war. On the other hand southerners had blacks fighting in the confederacy.
Southerners DID NOT want a war. They were basically poor people who still had muskets. They used slavery because they were so poor. The North had rifles and industry - and still almost got their ass kicked. They were an industrial powerhouse second only the the Brits. The North wanted to start a trade war with the Brits and the Southerners didn't. It was mostly about the North enslaving the south - in a way - by trying to take over their ports, and control their cotton - which the Brits were buying. The South wanted to sell direct.
Lincoln didn't have to start that war and the way it ended was brutal. Slavery would have died out on it's own. If the North would have encouraged industrialization in the South it would have died out even faster.
On the other hand, you win the war, you get to write the history...
I'd thought Lincoln was a great guy for freeing the slaves - that's what my grammar school books taught me. It wasn't until I went to University I learned the other side. This is (slightly) pre-internet as well but I'm sure there is some stuff on the web that is over the top anti-north.
The South was fighting for their 'rights'. Although if you heard them say it you might think they were fighting for their 'rats'. haha.