The Arkansas War

Book - 2006
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In the newest volume of this exhilarating series, Eric Flint continues to reshape American history, imagining how a continent and its people might have taken a different path to its future. With 1824: The Arkansas War, he spins an astounding and provocative saga of heroism, battlefield action, racial conflict, and rebellion as a nation recovering from war is plunged into a dangerous era of secession. Buffered by Spanish possessions to the south and by free states and two rivers to the north, Arkansas has become a country of its own: a hybrid confederation of former slaves, Native American Cherokee and Creek clans, and white abolitionists--including one charismatic warrior who has gone from American hero to bête noire. Irish-born Patrick Driscol is building a fortune and a powerful army in the Arkansas Confederacy, inflaming pro-slavers in Washington and terrifying moderates as well. Caught in the middle is President James Monroe, the gentlemanly Virginian entering his final year in office with a demagogic House Speaker, Henry Clay, nipping at his heels and fanning the fires of war. But Driscol, whose black artillerymen smashed both the Louisiana militia in 1820 and the British in New Orleans, remains a magnet for revolution. And fault lines are erupting throughout the young republic--so that every state, every elected official, and every citizen will soon be forced to choose a side. For a country whose lifeblood is infected with the slave trade, the war of 1824 will be a bloody crisis of conscience, politics, economics, and military maneuvering that will draw in players from as far away as England. For such men as Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, Commissioner of Indian Affairs Sam Houston, charismatic war hero Andrew Jackson, and the violent abolitionist John Brown, it is a time to change history itself. Filled with fascinating insights into some of America's most intriguing historical figures, 1824: The Arkansas War confirms Eric Flint as a true master of alternate history, a novelist who brings to bear exhaustive research, remarkable intuition, and a great storyteller's natural gifts to chronicle the making of our nation as it might have been.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9780345465696
Characteristics: xv, 427 p. :,maps ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Arkansas war


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Dec 06, 2016

A plausible alternate book because it not set in usual World war II or American Civil war.
Eyeopening that some Indian historically owned slaves to ape the White man debunking innocent party myth.

Apr 29, 2015

I just could never get into it. If I read 30 pages and find myself looking around for a different book to read I know I'd best find one.

Jul 19, 2014

One of Flint's better efforts. (And I say that as a real fan).
My only disappointment? No Sequel! (yet) .
The review from 'pinky0203' is spot on. In this book, Flint does for slavery what he did for state-established churches in the 'Ring of Fire' series.

May 14, 2014

Another great story from Eric Flint. I really hope there is a continuation of this series. It would be interesting to see where his story takes the characters (real and created) in the future. "Set about 10 years after the events portrayed in Flint's book, 1812, this alternative history picks up with (the) Nation of Arkansas, a nation that has been carved out of the Arkansas and Oklahoma territories and offers a new life for freed slaves and many Native American tribes being pushed out of the Eastern United States. It has a large, well-trained army, which, when Arkansas Post is attacked, defends it well. This event kicks off turmoil in the US as the newspapers and politicians rant about the `aggressive blacks' across the river and how they must be taught a lesson. Will there be a war? Will the US eradicate the young nation?
Note:This book does not stand alone. You need to read 1812 first. In the first book, 1812, Flint spends some time presenting the plight of the Native Americans in the face of a relentless push by the United States to claim the entire continent. The social emphasis of this sequel, however, is the plight of the African slaves, their lack of human rights, property and respect as fellow humans. I found it to be a good reminder of the horrors of slavery and the status of Africans....The author isn't preachy, he weaves the information into the story quite well." This is an accurate review of this book and I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the alternate history genre....

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