It was going fine until Lincoln bought the farm and then it kinda collapsed and now we get to live with that.
Lincoln didn't "buy the farm" he was murdered. Assassinated by a pro-South sympathizer.
It's a little-known fact that back in the day...vice presidents were chosen from the opposition. Lincoln's successor was not politically aligned with him and had an entirely different plan for the post-war South.
Lincoln might as well have handed the reins to Donald Trump.
What occurred was chaos. To the folks actually living through those times in the south, the pre-war days were far superior to the post-war days and so those good times became legendary.
That story has been passed down through the generations. Many still fall for it.