Interesting how some want to give their opinion and then ask for thread to be locked.
As far as the south "losing" I say we all lost. What did we gain? A huge, over reaching government, that is inefficient, wasteful, and corrupt. This started when States lost their rights. To question a southerners heritage and mindset in this way is insulting. I, like many in the south, have personal hand written letters from distant past relatives that fought in the late unpleasantness. Trust me, they were not fighting to protect the disgusting institution of slavery.
Don't call me racist. I have more friends of color and of diverse race and culture than most anyone. No, I do not fly any confederate flag at my home.