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>The Confederates swore an oath to their state and fought for their home, the idea of evil white slave owners is a recent idea that tends to forget the line about it being a “rich man's war and poor man's fight”
How does it? The war can be about slavery even if it was the lower classes that were sent to the slaughter. Name me a war that could fairly be described as a "rich man's fight". (That said, if you actually read about the American Civil War, you'll learn just how many rich boys signed up to fight - see William Sprague IV.)
The war had many triggers (as do all), but the underlying source was economic: the North - and, for that matter, the world - was industrialising and making redundant a way of life the South depended on. It was essentially feudal in nature, and African slaves were the foundation of that system. So, like it or not, the Confederates were fighting to maintain slavery. Their leaders were explicit about this, and added the racial element to the mix.
>Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite; then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. It is not for us to inquire into the wisdom of His ordinances, or to question them. For His own purposes, He has made one race to differ from another, as He has made “one star to differ from another star in glory. The great objects of humanity are best attained when there is conformity to His laws and decrees, in the formation of governments as well as in all things else. Our confederacy is founded upon principles in strict conformity with these laws.
Vice President Alexander Stephens
>Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery - the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product, which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.
Mississippi's Declaration of Secession
>The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several Sates; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form States to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory the institution of negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected be Congress and by the Territorial government; and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories shall have the right to take to such Territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the States or Territories of the Confederate States
The Constitution of the Confederate States
If you're still a partisan of the "Northern Aggression" nonsense myth, why don't you explain why the South fired the first shots?