Bring the Jubilee – NaBloPoMo 2010

Ward Moore‘s alternative history of the US, Bring the Jubilee, begins with a contemporary America (1953) with a twist: the Confederate States of America had won the War Between the States and seceded from the U.S.

 

Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore

the aftermath of the war had not been kind to the U.S.; impoverished and backwards it stands counter to the prosperous CSA that had expanded past Mexico and whose major cities were rivals to London and Paris.  slavery had been abolished thanks to the efforts of former President Robert E. Lee.

but what happens when a time machine allows a citizen of the U.S. to go back to, say, the battle of Gettysburg?

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6 thoughts on “Bring the Jubilee – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. one of, if not the first detailed “what if the South won?” SF novels. (though it’s pretty short; might be considered a novella under today’s rules)

  2. I grumbled the whole time I read this novel, “GROSSLY inaccurate speculation! Confederacy would have become a Third World state! Or ostracized, like South Africa during apartheid! Or the slaves would have rebelled first, like in Haiti, and thrown all the whites out.” I don’t know if it was Moore’s intent, but back then I thought it was just another right-wing revision of the Civil War. Being older now and more temperate (usually), I should go back and re-read it.

    • I was thinking about his book as well. Guns of the South is where the South gets the upper hand during the Battle of Gettysburg, thanks to some AK-47s given to them. I don’t remember a whole lot about the book because it’s been a few years since I read it

      • Turtledove later did a whole series where the South won (turning point before Gettysburg, no relation to Guns of the South).

        The first, set in the 1880’s is “How Few Remain” and it’s pretty damn good. Better than this book, frankly. General Custer! Mark Twain! Abe Lincoln as a proto-socialist! Uppity Mormons!

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