At the time, we were not that far removed from burning and drowning witches. Following a slave riot in New York in 1741, slaves were burned at the stake. This was not a 21st century society.
My post was just to offer context to the human condition in Colonial and Antebellum America.
We are talking about secession and all mostly agree that yes, the ability to secede is essential to a free people. The problem is, in America the discussion always goes back to our own example of secession. In that slavery always comes up. It is a red herring that discredits the notion of secession and justifies the essential liberties that were given up in a war that popular history has justified largely by invoking the slavery issue. While the US applauds secession globally, our own ability to secede has been taken us; from supposedly the most free people on Earth.
Providing context and looking at the whole cloth of that era is critical in changing the collective consciousness. Otherwise, we will continue to use the South and slavery as the scapegoat for turning the Constitution on its head.