Further let's look at the argument that most southerners weren't slave owners. Well most Americans today don't own oil companies! That doesn't mean that oil doesn't factor into our wars!
And yes. Lincoln wasn't about to immediately free the slaves. But he was going to stop the expansion of slavery into new territories! Also Lincoln was considering the same "compensated emancipation" plan Ron Paul talked about on Meet The Press before Lincoln was elected and he even TRIED such a plan for the states that didn't secede after he was elected and before issuing the emancipation proclamation. Does that mean that Lincoln was a "saint"? Of course not. He violated the constitution on more than one occasion, and was either or white supremacist or a political opportunist. And no he didn't have the courage to say "I will do whatever I take to end slavery no matter what" but no politician of any stature at the time did. Also doing so would have required changing the constitution and there simply wasn't the votes needed in the congress and the various state legislatures for that to be a reality. In fact that was the whole point of quibbling over the expansion of slavery.
I know this will not convince a single southern apologist and I expect people will continue to quote Lincoln out of context to "prove" their point that Lincoln was the "most evil president of all time" while ignoring the fact that Andrew Jackson threatened to do to South Carolina what Lincoln eventually did over secession.
John M. Drake