In 1775 the South was a colony, owned by relatives in England who showered economic protective benefits upon us, generally shared our values (in both the monarchy and established church), protected us from invasion and viewed us as countrymen. Taxes were low, our social institutions were protected and Enlightenment radicalism was kept at bay. The South was connected to her sister plantation colonies in the Caribbean and part of a well-ordered, prosperous empire which intruded little upon us.
In 1866 the South was a colony, owned by a hated enemy who had just burned down our cities, ended our independence and killed a quarter million of us. Our US masters were people who did not share our values, gave our former slaves political power over us, cut down our vast forests, stole our best land, imposed high taxes and intrusive regulations upon us and economically exploited us for more than a century.