I might be pushing my luck starting another thread, but in the other thread another question developed, so I thought I'd ask anyway. It'll be here later if you don't want to answer now.
My question is not "who more closely represented the idea of the CURRENT United States?" My question is "who more closely represented the ORIGINAL United States, the one the founding fathers created?"
If the Confederacy represented it more, then the Union was traitorous to the founding ideas. If the Union represented it more, then the Confederacy was traitorous to the founding ideas. And if you think one of them was more 'traitorous' to the founding ideals than the other, do you think its actions were justified?