If the South was, and is, so wicked and corrupted, and if Southerners are and have always been a bunch of scum-sucking inbred racist hicks, a region of boorish imbeciles, what does it say about the "intellectually superior" north that they couldn't make it as a nation on their own, without Dixie?
What does it say about the "morally superior" north that they had to fight a war that killed hundreds of thousands on both sides to keep the brutish, morally inferior slavers and hick farmers in the South under their wealthy and powerful yankee thumb?
The north did not send a brutal army of invasion into the South to free slaves. That "cause" was tacked on well into the war. Read Lincoln's initial executive order calling for volunteers to make up the invasionary force; not a word, no a syllable about slavery.
At first, it was about "preserving the union."
Why was it necessary to keep the wicked Southern states in the union in order to preserve it? Well, it wasn't. It only required ratification of the Constitution by nine states to create the federal government -- the union -- and set it in operation. If the Southern states had been allowed to leave in peace, there would have been twenty-two (22) states left in the union -- more than twice the nine required to create it -- and they could have remained just as united as heck, if that was what they wanted.
Confederacy-bashers have told me it was necessary to keep the South as part of the USA in order to "form a more perfect union." But wouldn't it have been a more perfect union without the "dirty South" than with it?
Let's face it. The north knew it was missing some vitally important component -- some element necessary to survive as a nation -- that it lacked and that the South possessed. That is why the South had to be violently forced to remain in the union. Even after the war, when carpetbaggers and other assorted yankees came South and robbed state treasuries blind, bought up miles of virgin timber for pennies an acre, paid wretched Southern sawmill and mining workers with "scrip" instead of real money, to keep them enslaved to the company store, instigated discriminatory railroad freight rates so it woud be prohibitively expensive for Southern companies to ship finished goods (textiles, steel) to the north -- or even to other places in the South -- so all it could ship was cheaper, raw goods (which was then turned to finished goods in northern factories, which, of course, sold them at a handsome profit)...
It's time people realized that the north is not morally or intellectually superior to the South -- not at all. What the north excels in is greed, hypocrisy, exploitation of others and falsification.