lincoln himself was a racist. and it is a STATES right to secede. there was no reason for the civil war to have sparked, other than the assumption that guns were being run into Fort Sumter . fragment? really? as opposed to the harsh tarriffs where at there peak were near 50% on southern goods? Lincolns original plan was to ship all the blacks to Liberia in north west africa. and so what if you are offended. that does not give you any special rights. saying you are offended is nothing more than a whine. so what? you just schilled out what was shoved down your mouth in grade school. congrats on doing your own research. Sources - lew rockwell, Howard Zinn peoles history of the US.