There was a fascinating article on the demise of Firefly on fireflyfans.net, where the author says with some justification that the show’s heroes were patterned after an idealized Confederacy from the American Civil War, minus the slavery issue, and that this may have had a role in the show’s termination. The claim that I’m uncertain about, however, is that the author says the Civil War was not fought over slavery, it was fought over state’s rights. How much truth is there to this statement? I know Abe Lincoln said that he didn’t care about freeing the slaves, just preserving the Union, but I remember from my high school history class that slavery was a pretty big issue at the time. Then again, the winners write the textbooks, and I went to school in the North… how biased was my US History education?