You would have to read it to believe it:
If we could control the conversation, we might just as easily promulgate the points that 1) the Southern black race, free AND slave, were considered part of the community, like any other; and 2) the South was fighting FOR the black race to REMAIN a part of their community – our collective way of life. Just as many of us of ANY race have ancestors who were (or who might have been) indentured, race-based slavery was never seen as a permanent thing. It was only deemed to be “permanent” by the abolitionist claims, thus begging the “need” of warfare to free those who were enslaved. The South, knowing both people and the reality, saw things far differently.
In the words of Dick Enberg, “Oh, my.”