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A few decades early, but still apropos:

"I consider the Tariff act as the occasion, rather than the real cause of the present unhappy state of things. The truth can no longer be disguised, that the peculiar domestick institution of the Southern States, and the consequent direction, which that and her soil and climate have given to her industry, has placed them in regard to taxation and appropriations in opposite relation to the majority of the Union, against the danger of which, if there be no protective power in the reserved rights of the States, they must in the end be forced to rebel, or submit it to have their paramount interests sacraficed, their domestick institutions subordinated by Colonization and other schemes, and themselves & children reduced to wretchedness."

--The Papers of John C. Calhoun: Volume XI, 1829-1832.

British free trade fanaticism, and its involvement in the lie that the Rebellion was about tariffs: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/the-great-civil-war-lie/ With bonus prescience from John Stuart Mill.

"Numerous Democratic lawmakers in Tennessee and the state's Republican party chairman on Monday called for the state to remove the bust of a Confederate general from the Tennessee capitol following the debate over whether South Carolina should continue to fly the Confederate flag on its capitol grounds."

The general in question is Nathan Bedford Forrest, brutal slave trader, war criminal and founder of the KKK. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2004/winter/a-different-kind-of-hero

Some Southern politicians, even Republican ones, are calling for retiring use of the Confederate battle flag, which became popular first with the KKK and then in opposition to the civil rights movement. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/23/mississippi-confederate-flag-consider-dropping-emblem

And Glenn Beck, of all people, is also calling for that. "Flying The Confederate Flag 'Makes No Sense' Whatsoever" http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-flying-confederate-flag-makes-no-sense-whatsoever
'"It's a flag of another country," Beck said. "Why are you flying that? Are you proud that you were another country at some point?" '
'"It was not about state's rights because you didn't have a right as a state in the Confederacy to go against slavery," he said. "So there's no state's rights there. That's not about state's rights."'

Wow, Mitch McConnell has come out for removing Jefferson Davis. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mitch-mcconnell-jefferson-davis-statue

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