Read Thomas J. DiLorenzo's "The Real Lincoln". You will find that Lincoln was the closest thing to a despotic dictator that this country has ever had. The glorification of Lincoln is based on massive lies and misconceptions.
The "civil war" did not have to be fought . . . it was the north that started that war of aggression with the imposition of taxes and tariffs ONLY on the south. Most people are unaware that Lincoln,s "Emancipation Proclamation" did NOT free any slaves in the Union--only slaves in the "disputed states" were declared to be "free" It is also a little-known fact that many slaves voluntarily fought alongside their "masters" to maintain the honor of the south. The war of aggression on the south was not about slavery .