It was never about slavery.
I disagree. By denying Southerners the right to secede from a union of their own making they became slaves...demonstrating the hypocrisy of all those who desperately want the northern cause and their aggression to somehow be morally superior to the Southern cause. You simply cannot be simultaneously for and against slavery, even if one is bondage and the other is by denial of self governance...both eliminate self determination.
It’s the one fact Southernphobes and Lincoln lovers can neither refute nor acknowledge, because it destroys their world view and holier than thou self image. To admit the truth is to admit that they support the slave master and that they actually should loath themselves. Not going to happen.
RE: “It was never about slavery.”
If you take slavery out of the dispute, I don’t see how you motivate millions of soldiers - North or South - to run across open fields into direct gunfire.
I mean, would you risk your life today to stop California or New York City from seceding?
In 1860, as war talk heated up, half the people in America had lived their entire lives within 100 miles of their birthplace.
Very hard for me to believe that farmers in Vermont got so agitated about farmers in Georgia seceding from the Union that they went to war.