Am I debating this subject? No. Your trying to steal this thread towards some other idea and your're doing it poorly. My points is the idea is common Southerners did not all think alike and the majority were compassionate and found themselves looking at the slaves around them as people with the same wants as they.
My points are...
1. Slavery could not have existed in the seven states of the first secession for very long, not as it had. So why secede to protect it?
2. Common Southerners did not all think alike and the majority were open-minding enough to realize during the war that the slaves around them were just people (albeit a lower class) with the same wants as they.
3. The importance of the Slavery Institution in the South evaporated to nothing within a few years from South Carolina's secession, whereas on December 19, 1860 Slavery was the social, cultural and economic life blood of the South and had been for nearly two hundred years. (I added more umph to this point).