OK, as much as I love my yankee siblings in Christ, I am nonetheless forced to release the following secret weapon. Please, I do apologize for ending the discussion with the following resource. Read it and weep, for our precious Lincoln is fully and irreversibly unmasked, along with the nonsensical arguments against the right to secede and the arrogant arguments that the war was fought for the moral rescue of our nation from slavery. Oh yeah, the guy who wrote this is a northern, mainstream historian who raised up on the typical diet of Lincoln-lovin' blah, blah, blah. The war was fought for the same reason all imperialistic wars have been fought: for the power and wealth of the aggressors.
When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession by Charles Adams, Rowman and Littlefield publishers, 2000
The existence of God is proven by the impossibility of the opposite. GB