Hi there! I was a big fan of the novel Bring the Jubilee, but I’ve always wondered what happened between Gettysburg and 1950, so I thought that I’d write a timeline to fill in the gaps so to speak. Anyhow, I present Bring the Jubilee: Filling in the Gaps 1860-1879 Abraham Lincoln, first and last Republican president of the United States of America, was elected in 1860, taking office in 1861. His election sparked the secession of the southern states. The beginning of the war went poorly until the victory at the Battle of Antietam. But the war went downhill from there on afterwards. Lincoln proceeded to lose the War of Southron Independence within months of the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. After the disastrous defeat in Pennsylvania, the roads became clogged with deserting soldiers and fleeing civilians, causing an almost total collapse of the logistics needed to supply the Federal Capital. With the Army of the Potomac destroyed, Confederate General Robert E. Lee took Washington D.C. The victorious Confederacy imposed the Peace of Richmond upon the United States. The end of the war resulted with the annexation of Delaware, Maryland, the lower portion of Missouri, Kansas, and the tip of Nevada. Jefferson Davis pressured Lincoln to cede California to the Confederate States as well. California, though a free state, had sent offers to join the Southrons in protest of Lincoln’s “tyrannical” policies and high tariffs. Lincoln, to the anger and dismay of both the populace and congress, was forced to allow California to go with the south, seeing as he could not actually hold the state. Another component of the Peace of Richmond was the payment of reparations to the Confederate States. Lincoln was forced to comply, the agreement being finalized with the Treaty of Reading on July 4th, 1864. Abraham Lincoln was seen almost universally as the cause of the Union’s downfall along with the black population in the United States. He was soundly defeated in the election of 1864, failing to win a single state. Clement Vallandigham won the election of 1864 with the electorate turning sharply against the Republicans, held responsible for the disastrous defeat of the War of Southron Independence. However, Vallandigham's Presidency was haunted by economic crisis and galloping inflation, due to the reparations imposed by the victorious Confederacy. Vallandigham, in order to pay reparations to the CSA, greatly curtailed the American military. The US Army was reduced to a measly handful of regiments to guard and maintain the forts in the territories in the west when not engaging the native tribes in combat. Clement Vallandigham, through both his own charisma and that of his Secretary of State Lewis Cass, was allowed to have reperations to be paid at a slowed pace during his first term and the beginning of his second term. During the election of 1872, Vice-President Horatio Seymour was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the presidency. Seymour decisively beat independent John C Fremont and Republican Hannibal Hamlin. However, Seymour inherited a crisis: The Confederate President, at the prodding of the Confederate Congress, was demanding reparations to be paid faster. Seymour’s administration began to ship out greater amounts of the American hard currency stores to the South. To combat this, the eighteenth president of the United States ordered more greenbacks to be printed and put into circulation. The galloping inflation of Vallandigham’s two terms became dizzying under Seymour. Many people in the Union couldn’t afford food, families starving on the east coast. What made matters worse was the loss of farms due to foreclosure by banks across the northern states, reducing even more citizens in america to poverty as well as creating a small famine. Riots broke out across America, cities burning as starving citizens stormed federal buildings and fortifications. Farmers took the opportunity to burn bank records in an attempt to keep their lands. The North was on the verge of revolution. Benjamin Butler, the general who held New Orleans in the early days of the war, ran under the banner of the Whig Party in the election of 1876. Butler promised an end to the troubles and to grant peace and stability. Desperate for an end to the economic troubles, the public voted overwhelmingly Whig. Butler implemented drastically deflation by taking most of the currency out of circulation. Butler recalled most of the army to return to the east to combat the rioters. In December of 1877, Butler sent his Secretary of State Samuel J. Tilden to the Confederate States. Tilden met with his confederate equivalent Judah P. Benjamin and negotiated a slower, steady payment of reparations to the Confederate States on a yearly basis for the coming decade. By 1879, Butler had managed to stabilize the economy, though it was anything but strong. President Butler, during the height of his popularity of his first term, gave an executive order to remove the large Jewish population from the state of North Missouri. The Jewish residents scattered, many fleeing to New York and to the neighboring nations of the Confederacy and the Dominion of Canada. Under Butler, the final stages of the Great Migration (1867-1880) ended with the majority of african americans in the United States migrating to Liberia.