I’ve read that the southern colonies, particularly North and South Carolina, were populated in large part by the 3rd and 4th sons of Irish and Scottish landowners, because they were too far down the family line to inherit any land, but could could beg or borrow enough family money to travel here and so not become a nuisance back home.
When they got here, many of the earliest arrivals sought out the closest free land they could find. Everything north of what is now the “Mason-Dixon” line was already claimed long before, so many of them began the backbreaking task of draining southern swampland. I imagine this might have been their first motivation to pursue some “cost-efficient” labor to help them.
When they were done making land out of muck, they built their very own “Kingdoms”; the legendary plantations that became minuscule island nations, beholden to just about nobody. Their cultural habits ingrained a belief in the merits of the same aristocratic society that had denied them any upward mobility back home.
Now they could install themselves at the top of the pyramid, merely by declaration, resources and will, complete with subjects to rule over.
Now, imagine why they would be hesitant to sign up to any “unification” of power among the colonies…
South Carolina was the last colony to sign the Declaration of Independence, mainly over the specification of “property rights”. Much later, their obstinate determination to preserve their way of life made them the first state to secede from the “Union”.
Even later, their determined defense of their choice made them the last southern state to be completely pacified. Fearing that he would only have to endure an enduring insurgency, Lincoln tasked General Sherman, fresh from burning down Atlanta GA, thusly in terms of damage preferred for SC:
“If a small bird were to choose to follow your army along its route of march, I would want that bird to have to bring it’s own food.”
Anyone still wondering why people died over a few statues?