This was an interesting article I just read. And while it is not from an unbiased site(which I don't think exist) it gives another look at some history. I think the most interesting part is the Robert E. Lee letter wher he writes
" . . . [T]he consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of the ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it." .
A lot of the problems our country faces today are the same ones we faced years ago.