My history doesn't need "clearing" - nor my education - nor my ability to google. As I stated earlier - there have been volumes written about all facets of the civil war (or war between the states) - you read your versions - I'll read mine. The truth is hard to come by - so please stop referencing quotes from your "sources" as though you have some direct line to the truth about a very complicated issue - for I can find just as many sources/quotes/opinions of experts to back up my views.
Don't try to cram some current modern book down my throat as though it is a divine revelation simply because some author backs up how YOU wish it to be - and flame the fires of racial divide in this country. Will you race biters ever quit??? YES...YOU...those who attempt to demonize the "south" of the past are the same one who 150 years later are still fighting, accusing and blaming. YOU are more a racist than any body who signed some state 'secession' petition. I doubt that "slavery" was on anybody's mind that signed those petitions. They were thinking of freedom - for everyone.
Why don't YOU try thinking of "everyone" instead of hyper-focusing on some obsessive resentment against a whole section of our country that you can't shed.
Any response from you is pointless - there is absolutely nothing that you have to say that would even remotely influence my views on this topic so go spew your racist propaganda on someone else. I'm through.