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The Confederate States of America : What…

The Confederate States of America : What Might Have Been (2005)

by Roger L. Ransom

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A very interesting book but be aware this is not alternative history in the Harry Turtledove mold. This is more straight history with some speculation on what-might-have-been. The author looks at different turning points in the war and, if the South had won, what might have happened with it as a separate nation. ( )
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"Provocative and compelling…[a] wild ride through Civil War history."—Library Journal

What if Lee had avoided defeat at Gettysburg? What if a military stalemate had developed, coupled with growing antiwar sentiment? What if Lincoln had been defeated in the 1864 election and Great Britain had recognized the Confederacy? What would have been the careers of an independent Confederate States of America and a defeated United States?

"No historian has thought through such 'what if' questions as seriously as Roger Ransom," says the Washington Post Book World. A master of historical analysis, Roger L. Ransom follows the consequences of the "what if" scenario over an extended period of time, exploring such issues as the fate of slavery in a CSA, how the economies of the USA and the CSA would have developed, and how their foreign policies would have differed. The result is a fascinating historical vision that is a source of insight into the critical events of the Civil War period as they actually happened.

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"Roger L. Ransom draws on the historical evidence, sifts it with shrewd analysis, and adds a touch of imagination to produce a counterfactual history of the Civil War and its aftermath." "Ransom shows that the Civil War may have been inevitable, but its outcome was not. What if Confederate General Robert E. Lee had withdrawn his forces at Gettysburg rather than sending Pickett's division into the teeth of the Union lines? What if a costly military stalemate had developed in the eastern and western theaters? What if antidraft riots and growing antiwar sentiment had led to President Lincoln's defeat in the 1864 election? With the eyes of the world watching, what if Great Britain had recognized the Confederacy and pushed for peace? Ransom goes on to examine what the Confederate States would have looked like, and how it would have survived in the actual world of the late nineteenth century."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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