WHAT OUR HERITAGE MIGHT HAVE BEEN
In 1956 or 57 when I was 15 or 16 and James Dean was our hero and a new singer named Elvis (who also worshipped and imitated Dean as best he could) was hot, I read a book which most of you are familiar with, "Andersonville" by MacKinlay Kantor.
It made quite an impression on me and within a few months I drove the three hours or so from home over to Andersonville, Georgia, to see what was left.
In 1960 I was reading "Look" magazine and, lo and behold, there was either a long short story or short book by MacKinlay Kantor entitled "If The South Had Won The Civil War". Years later I bought a book, "Story Teller", which included "If The South Had Won The Civil War" and read it again. I forgot about it until a month or so ago. I looked everywhere but couldn’t find it. I’m sure that I gave it away long ago.
I love to give people books that I think that they will enjoy. I can’t remember to whom I gave it but I hope that it was a yankee. There were a few in Atlanta about that time. I found it, in paperback, at Amazon.com. Cheap. I ordered it and have re-read it and would like to recommend it to you. I would send it at my expense to anyone who wanted it but I hope that there will be so many of you that I couldn’t afford it.
Please order it yourself and, if you can, send a copy to a friend and/or a yankee.
If The South Had Won The Civil War By MacKinlay Kantor
List Price: $10.95
SHNV Price: $8.76
The Past is a strange place indeed . . . everything could have been so different so easily. Just a touch here and a tweak there . . .