I have a theory that the United States of America won the war against the Confederate States of America because their anthem was better. This theory pisses a bunch of people off for a bunch of reasons, but listen to the songs.
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic", that's the shit. The Lord God lifts up his sword to smite the wicked and you're invited to join him.
"Dixie", what's up with that? I hear that and want to spend a lazy day on the porch with a glass of lemonade. But I do not want to go kick some ass.
Sure, there were other factors, but I don't think this is irrelevant.
You see, because Southern Culture has managed to win the battle of the arts in the time to follow.
The north has nothing to compare to "I'm a Good Ol' Rebel". Jesse James paperbacks and Gone With the Wind define how people the world views the Reconstruction, even though it's lies.
Lies. Like that story I tell the ladies about my penis being prehensile.
(Ok, that's another lie. I've never told such a story. Part of me wishes I had, though, not because it could've gotten me laid, since it probably wouldn't, but it might have provided an excellent story.)
Admittedly, the voice of the "rebel" is always cooler to write about then the authority of the government.
Of course, the federal government being right, on every level, in all of this could be used somehow.
Lets face it, the non-slave economic issues, which still tie strongly into the slavery issue as well, is that the Southern economy was intrenched in the agricultural age, while the North was growing stronger in the industrial age. The only reason the Southern economy held on at all was because of slavery. The Reconstruction was an attempt to bring the South into the modern age with education and modern industry, but the so-called "carpet baggers" who were attempting to do all of this were ultimately murdered in large numbers and driven off.
It's easy to understand the anger and fear that the South was experiencing. They were a conquered nation. Their cities had been burned to the ground. Their sons had been killed. Their economic hopes were less than they had been before the war.
Unfortunately, the people who paid wasn't the North or the "carpet bagger", aside from those I mentioned who were murdered, but generations of Southerners to follow, who took decade after decade to gain an economic foothold and have, in many parts, still not claimed a foothold in education.
That still sounds cooler, though, doesn't it?