The propaganda we get fed in the government schools says that the Civil War was a heroic crusade by the virtuous North, to eliminate the scourge of slavery in the South.
Yet, several of the northern states were in fact slave states. Lincoln himself said he was willing to make slavery permanent, if only the South would stay in the union. (Yes, I know, Lincoln spoke on both sides of the issue, as any scummy politician would).
Had the war never happened, there would be at least two nations, 700 thousand lives would have been spared, and slavery would have disappeared anyway, as it did everywhere else in the western world. State sovereignty would have been preserved. Who knows? Maybe we would even have been spared the depredations of the Federal Reserve.
Lincoln was the worst president ever. Obama is trying to match his evil, but so far, he hasn't come close.