Slavery is all people know. Most don't know Lincoln closed down newspapers and locked up journalists and editors. He even arrested some Maryland legislators and, I think, congressmen.<quoted text>
Well ppl need to get slavery out of their heads, the uncivil war had nothing, at the start of it, do do with slavery. Only until 1863 did slavery enter the equation. Basically, the south were fighting for less government intrusion into their lives, and less taxes. Economic reasons were the MAIN reasons for secession.
I see this exact thing playing out today. In 1861 Lincoln initiated crazy protectionist tariffs which heavily crippled the south, while at the same time, benefiting the north. We are now saddled with ObamaCare, which will cripple real Americans, while illegals, as well as Muslims, are exempt from it! I'm not saying that there isn't marxist opposition in the north, but just as in Lincoln's day, obama will hunt all opposition down and lock them up.
The white supremacist groups such as the KKK hijacked the confederate battle flag, in the same way the Nazi's hijacked the swastika.
The victor writes the history book.