So V...the 'consent of the governed', isn't that important in governance? Simply who wins and governs at 'the barell of a gun'?
Yall over-simplify things looking back in retrospect. I would imagine that a lot of Southerners who didn't own slaves, were aghast at the thought of turning them lose in their community and therefore chose to fight against the North's imposition, as a matter of their personal safety. Kinda like Katrina dumping the projects in our back yard; a lot of them dudes have serious psychological chips-on-the-shoulder regarding whitey; throw in desperation...ya got a real security problem. Rev. Wright - Barack's spiritual mentor - sure as hell does. And a lot of us believe that Barack "if I had a son he'd look like Travon" Obama...does too.
You don't have to be a slavery sympathizing racist, to choose avenues of action that take racial dynamics into personal safety account. Like I'm sure both you and the Rev. Jerimiah Wright do. He lives in a gated community, I think. He might be racist...but he aint a fool.