I have yet to start reading Harry Turtledove’s Settling Accounts series, which deals with the continuing story of a world where the Confederacy won the Civil War. The third volume of that series, The Grapple, was released last week, and Professor Bainbridge has already read it. The book sounds interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
Bainbridge makes one point about the alternate universe that Turtledove has created over the past ten books that I agree with completely:
The timeline Turtledove constructed on the basis of a CSA victory is a much darker and nastier place, but it is a very plausible and convincing counterfactual. If the South was able to justify slavery and Jim Crow, it’s not hard to imagine a CSA that loses World War I churning up a Hitler-clone with plans for a black Holocaust. Lincoln was right: The CSA had to be beaten to preserve the last best hope.
There is frequently a desire among some to romanticize the Confederacy, but there is no doubt that the history of North America would have been far worse had the Union not been preserved.