Most every high school graduate in the US has grown up on the story of our Civil War. And if you ask most of those graduates, they will tell you that the reason for the war was slavery. The Union fought for equality and the South wanted to keep their slaves. In part, this is true, but in whole, it's more than that and it's the reason that most Southerners refer to the Civil war as the War of Northern Aggression. (Not me, I always sound like Yosemite Sam when I say something like that; but other people do - other Southern People - and with good reason...I think.)
Now, I'm not going to get into a long dissertation about this as many other political historians have probably already discussed it and discussed it better. But I will make it easy for you. To whit:
The Southern states decided that the idea of a central constitution would cause the state governments to become forgotten and eliminated. (Seems like a logical thought: Government forgetting the little people, sort of like today...) Because of this, the South had decided to secede from the Union. Yes, that's the MAIN reason, not the slavery thing. Ok, so slavery was widespread in the south, but the main reason for secession was the government thing. And it was not a bad idea really, and since the Colonies had seceded from England citing similar issues, they felt that the Declaration of Independence supported them in this decision. The Political power of the north, swollen with citizens and money, wanted to dominate the South, which was rich with resources. The South decided that secession from the Union was their only option. The North responded and the war began. It was really about control. Slavery? Yeah, but really? Not so much.
There is a definite undercurrent of dissatisfaction here in the south with the way that the war is presented, in that much of the honor and forward thinking of the South is left out of this part of our history. Oh you won't find large protests, bearded men wearing camouflage, marching about carrying poorly spelled signs. The whole thing is more of a known undercurrent knowledgeable Southerners keep like a Civil War Sabre hanging on the wall over the fireplace where it waits for someone to ask, just ask about its history.
So, there it is. If you want to read a really good discussion on this subject, click here. For more of my Southern Stories, and wry humor and digressions (not that bad, are they?) you can click on some of the great blog entries to the right there.
And, for the record, I don't have a Sabre, I have a very rare Kool-Aid Bottle. With a history. So ask, just ask...