And, it was the Southern man's freedom they sought to abolish, not the institution of chattel slavery. For the South, there was no choice but secession. They were already being treated as 2nd class citizens and effectively had no voice in the growing central government.
Brock does a great service for North Carolinians interested in the real history of our state and the real history of the War for Southern Independence, by frequently posting excerpts from "The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial".
An excerpt from a recent excerpt, highlights the contrast between an honorable President Jefferson Davis, and the scoundrel "Honest" Abe Lincoln...
By this cunning device and the unscrupulous employment of deception and falsehood in his interviews with the commissioners, Mr. Seward accomplished the double purpose of successful imposition upon the credulity of the commissioners and evasion of official recognition of the Confederate embassy.
In the meantime . . . the Lincoln administration was secretly preparing hostile measures, and, as was clearly demonstrated by subsequent revelations, had never seriously entertained any of the propositions submitted by the Confederate Government. Resolved not to evacuate Fort Sumter, the Federal Government, while amusing the Confederate commissioners with cunning dalliance, had for weeks been meditating the feasibility of reinforcing it.
Mr. Anonymous, hope you're still following along.