As Jefferson Davis put it in his inaugural address as provisional president of the Confederacy, “Our present position … illustrates the American idea that government rests upon the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish a government whenever it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established.”
This contrasted with prevailing Unionist ideas, articulated by Abraham Lincoln, which held that first there had been an American people and a Union, and then this Union had sanctioned the political subdivisions that were the states.
Sounds like they thought more like Jefferson Davis! Most people think southerners of the time (and now) were stupid uneducated buffoons. And they think the Civil war was all about race. Little do they know that Lincoln said if he could have held the union together by keeping slavery, he would have done so.
More history being re-written.
This surprisingly from a NY Times writer!