Well color me subscribed! I'll be looking forward to reading this, a well done Secession TL is hard to come by! You've got an excellent hook and a good start!
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Good luck. You might need it. Unlike some of the others, I've never noticed a shortage of Confederacy timelines. Although I suppose, the caveat that everyone would agree with is that there's a shortage of well done ones.
1: The Republican Party of 1860 has no relation to the modern Republican Party in the United States
2: The electoral system at this time, abolished in 1898 in the Confederate States and in 1875 in the United States, allocated " electoral votes" to the states, should a candidate achieve the plurality of the votes in a state, he was awarded with all of the "electoral votes." For comparison, Lincoln had achieved one hundred and eighty "electoral votes" with 39.7% of the vote, while Stephen Douglas achieved twelve "electoral votes" with 29.5% of the vote.
3: Williams, Harold V. Secession: The History of the Confederate States. Norfolk, Virginia: Townhouse Printing, 1964.
4: Lincoln, Abraham The Union Forever Chicago: Lincoln Printing, 1878
5: Lincoln, Robert T. Letters of my Father Chicago: Lincoln Printing, 1903
6: Jones, Robert H. Defence of the Country Birmingham: Woodson Books, 1923
7: United States Library of Congress Dispatches, Records, & Notes Washington: Library of Congress, 1934
I find some of the footnotes interesting and will be interested to see how/why:
1) the Republican Party of 1860 isn't related to the Republican Party in the US.
2) Both countries abolished the electoral college
3) Both countries changed their constitution
4) How the CSA retained independence anyway
5) How the CSA fared after gaining/retaining independence