As A kid in school I questioned why the south wasn’t simply allowed to go its way. I was rudely informed that I had it all wrong. But the story as told in school never made sense. I think they should have simply left and that was that. If you look at when Lincoln freed the slaves and the fact that he did not free them in the territories that remained in the union, it puts the lie to the “it was a war against slavery meme.”
Frankly, I think now would be a good time for the red states to leave the union and take the nukes along.
If the libtards stayed true to form, they would demand that we take the nukes with us. I vote all the South haters stay in the blue states where they are with people more their ilk.
Pity. Because that's exactly what has damaged the cause of States' Rights ever since. Of course sovereign states may secede from a Union. Unfortunately, the main reason why the South wanted to secede was to preserve ... and perhaps extend ... slavery.
Mention the term "States' Rights" today and you will be called a racist. However, if the federal government fails to live up to its obligations, or intrudes into state matters, what other choice do the people of a sovereign state have? It's either secede, or armed rebellion, which are not the same thing.
Slavery probably could have been ended in a variety of ways, without war, as was done in other countries. E.G., witness the many plans to buy the slaves using bond issues, etc., free them, and send them to other countries. Actually done in a very small way!
Lincoln had the legal right to free slaves in the Rebelling states via executive order as necessary in the conduct of the war. He had no such power in loyal states. To end slavery throughout the United States required a Constitutional amendment, which Lincoln supported and eventually got through Congress.