Inhistory was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antedeluvian monsters. To some, the Miracle is an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire.
Thus, the initiative was presumably only known by Lincoln and his Cabinet. Those terms, as you note, would permit the owners of slaves in the Rebel states to keep their slaves if they surrendered by December 31st.
One potentially fascinating aspect of the plot would be fictionally transforming the battle of Fredericksburg into a decisive Union victory. One might, for example, investigate the possibilities for Burnside to have flanked Lee with a decisive numerical advantage as Hooker did five months later—presuming Burnside would use his combined positional and numerical advantage better than Hooker.
A second interesting part of the story is the one you intended, which is the question of how slavery would end. Reneging on the slaveowner-favorable terms of the EP is one possibility, but that would undermine—if not collapse—public faith in the presidency. But would Congress care? Could Lincoln make them care?
Compensated emancipation is another option and one that Lincoln supported. When searching for a publisher first compile a list of alternative Civil War fiction and make note of the publishers. Next, visit the publisher websites and search for "Submissions Guidelines.
Thanks for the extensive comments to you and the others. All good food for thought. It was a History Book Club selection.
It was that which led me to think about this project since, as most historians agree, the Union left wing, led by Cox, came close to sweeping Lee from the field, only to be stopped by A. Second, on the parole issue, I address that by having McClellan propose and Lincoln agree not to parole Lee and his men for an indefinite period.
Third, on the Emancipation Proclamation, I presume Lincoln, who still then favored a "soft" reconstruction, wants to move ahead with publishing it soon after Antietam. Some in the Cabinet disagree, but he decided to do so -- resulting, after several more Confederate defeats, with most states agreeing to it terms.
Re the issue of compensation, that is included in the test of the EP, and I posit that only a couple of states agree to that. Fourth, thanks for the thoughts about publication -- still mulling what to do. All the best, Gene.Books shelved as alternate-civil-war-fiction: In at the Death by Harry Turtledove, Other Pasts, Different Presents, Alternative Futures by Jeremy M.
Blac. Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists.
Here are some of their intriguing conclusions. 1. What if the South won the Civil War.
In fact, talking about the Civil War today on the Internet can still lead to flame wars if you are not careful. In a sense people are still fighting the Civil War even to this day. That all being said, speculative fiction has some great examples of alternate Civil War fiction.
Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing conclusions. 1. What if the South won the Civil War?
Effect: America becomes one nation again in What if? What if the South had won the American Civil War? What if the dinosaurs had never died out? Alternate history (a.k.a. counterfactual history) explores these ideas and other turning points in history that turned out differently. 23 Best Alternate History Books.
July 1, Alternate History, Most alternate history stories are some variation of “What if Hitler had won the Civil War, and was a dinosaur?” but there are some great, well, alternatives, in the list below.
The Wild Cards story collections were created by a group of New Mexico science fiction.