Just the good ol' boys, Never meanin' no harm, Beats all you've ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born. Straight'nin' the curve, Flat'nin' the hills. Someday the mountain might get 'em, but the law never will. Makin' their way, The only way they know how, That's just a little bit more than TVLAND will allow.
The sad reality is some rich men with conflicting regional approaches to getting richer and more powerful couldn't resolve their differences after decades of trying to control one another politically. Were there soldiers involved with this war who viewed themselves as participating in some noble cause? Without a doubt there were. How else would you ever get hundreds of thousands of young men to sacrifice their lives? It is a given that both sides had God on their side. One side attempted to preserve their way of life, the other to preserve the union. However, most men from the North were not about to risk their lives to free the South's slaves.
Here are the actual words of the architects of Southern secession. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/what-this-cruel-war-was-over/396482/ Southern States Declaration of Causes for Secession: http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/primarysources/declarationofcauses.html#South_Carolina Here is part of South Carolina's Here is why SC chose to secede when they did... Mississippi gets to the point: Louisiana:
Alabama: Texas: Good sense will not permit us to defend the institution of slavery anymore. However, in the mid 1800s, many people not only thought slavery was practical and justifiable, they believed it was superior to hiring labor and paying them "slave wages". There is a lot of good stuff in the above link if you have time to read it. Here is what one Richmond newspaper thought of Southern diplomats attempting to "deceive foreign statesmen" with political correctness:
TLDR: The Civil War was primarily about maintaining and expanding slavery and the election of Lincoln was the last straw for those who led the South.
The biggest corruptor of these kids are wealthy alumni who want their favorite team to win at any cost. Academics are a distraction to their ultimate goal... bragging rights. Alumni put pressure on the school coaches, administrators and influential politicians to make sure their school is focused on winning a sports championship.