That's exactly what I think. Don't get me wrong, I'm NOT a white supremacist, but know the time of the American Civil War quite well, and the factors for a successful slave revolt, let alone one that results in a socialist government, is incredibly implausible. The time for such a revolt would be after the Civil War, rather than before it. I don't hate socialists, either. I LOVED Reds: a Revolutionary Timeline, Except for retaining that psychotic J. Edgar Hoover. But that timeline was really set up, and the reasons for it were extremly well explained. Bisson's was terrible. It was as outright silly as "Man in the High Castle" and Ward Moore's "Bring the Jubilee" , both horror alts for which no adequate explanation is ever given. There was this site where people could comment on the book, and people were mostly saying stuff like, "if only this could have happened, a "Gentler America" and nonsense like that. It does my heart good to hear sense, for a change.