The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been

Comments on
The Confederate States of America:

"An ingenious take on on of the great what-ifs of American history.  Combining the analytical clarity of an economist with the enthusiasm of a battlefield leader, Roger Ransom opens our eyes to a new way of seeing the Civil War."

  Edward L. Ayers, author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies:
      The Civil War in the Heart of America. 1859-1863

"Roger Ransom's fascinating exploration of a possible Confederate Victory succeeds where many counter-factual histories fail.  Rather than far-fetched and filled with unlikely twists and turns designed to hold the reader's attention, it is solidly grounded in the military, political, and economic realities of the era and argued in an imaginative and compelling fashion.  Ransom informs and entertains in equal measure."

Gary Gallagher, author of The Confederate War

On Writing Counterfactual History ....

In 1960 McKinlay Kantor, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Andersonville, wrote a book titled If The South Had Won The Civil War.  That book remains one of the best counterfactual accounts of a world where the South was victorious in the war.  That book was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.  In 2005 I was asked to write an essay commenting on Kantor's influence on my work and on the importance of the Civil War.  The essay was never published but
as we reach the 150th anniversary, I think it worth reproducing it on the web. 

"Writing Counterfactutal History"


What Might Have Been: The Confederate States of America was the culmination of a lifetime of wondering what the world would be like if the South had won the Civil War.  The book is based on my years of teaching economic history and the history of the Civil War. 

Read the Table of Contents and Prologue

In the Fall of 2005 I was interviewed by Jerry Gordon on "Let's Talk", broadcast by KVCR Riverside.

Listen to the Intervie

In September 2012 I was interviewed by Matt Mitrovich, editor of Alternate History Weekly Update

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