I still claim our view of the Old South is skewed.
I was given the impression as a child that slavery was rampant in the south. But logic dictates that it would be expensive to own slaves. Feeding, clothing, sheltering, purchasing, etc. I perceive that only large plantation owners or families could afford this.
So the idea that so many southerners were slave owners seems ridiculous to me. I am going to bet that a few percent of southern families owned slaves. After all, many early Americans were persecuted christian puritans and such, unable to afford the luxury of slaves.