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7th May '16 9:39:38 AM pwiegle
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* RidiculousExchangeRates: The Confederates are befuddled by the Rivington men selling their AK-47s for 50 Confederate dollars, given the currency's complete worthlessness.

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* RidiculousExchangeRates: The Confederates are befuddled by the Rivington men selling their AK-47s for 50 Confederate dollars, given the currency's complete worthlessness. They also buy merchandise and pay Confederate soldiers with gold, which is worth far more than the face value of the currency/pay vouchers. [[spoiler:Although it's never stated in the book, it is possible that the Rivington men were transporting the Confederate money to the future and selling the pristine banknotes to collectors, thus making a profit.]]
13th Apr '16 3:01:05 AM LinTaylor
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* SmartBall: When Lee gets a telegraph message mentioning Henry Pleasants, the name sounds familiar and he goes to ''The Picture History of the Civil War''; after realizing that Pleasants executed a similar plan in the original timeline, he orders General Forrest not to use Pleasants' name in any further communications, fearing that the Rivington men may be tapping the lines and might catch on to the Confederates' plan.
13th Apr '16 2:56:57 AM LinTaylor
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Lee does agree with the Rhoodie on opposing interracial marriage.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Lee does agree JerkassRealization: Though not a bad person by any stretch of the imagination, Nate Caudell grows out of the institutionalized racism present in much of the South by interacting with blacks. In particular, after teaching Henry Pleasants' laborers to do arithmetic (and seeing the Rhoodie man's honest passion to learn and better himself), he reflects on opposing interracial marriage.the fact that the man could be bought by someone less intelligent and mutters "I'll be damned if there's any justice in that."



* OverprotectiveDad: At one point Rhoodie tries to scare Lee by asking if he likes the idea of his daughters marrying a black man; Lee's unspoken response is that he's not too keen on the idea of his daughters marrying ''anyone''.



** Nathan Bedford Forrest's opinions and HeelFaceRevolvingDoor are rather close to his actual denouncing of the Klan in RealLife, after it went from a legally-organized political group to a terror organization.

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** Nathan Bedford Forrest's opinions and HeelFaceRevolvingDoor are rather close to his actual denouncing and dissolution of the Klan Klan[[note]]at least in its original form[[/note]] in RealLife, after it went from a legally-organized political group to a terror organization.


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* VindicatedByHistory: InUniverse, the Confederates were convinced that while slavery was far from ideal, future generations would recognize that it was the best way for blacks and whites to co-exist. [[spoiler:''The Picture History of the Civil War'' proves them wrong, which helps President Lee pass a bill that leads to the end of slavery.]]
14th Mar '16 3:15:11 PM redandready45
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Lee does agree with the Rhoodie on opposing interracial marriage.
11th Nov '15 7:32:08 PM Odacon_Spy
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* BookEnds: The book begins with General Lee drafting a letter to President Davis when he is interrupted by Rhoodie and his AK-47 demonstration. [[spoiler:The last chapter has''President'' Lee drafting a letter to Ambassador Lyons, and is interrupted by a crowd of reporters informing him that his repeal of slavery has just passed in the Confederate senate.]]

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* BookEnds: The book begins with General Lee drafting a letter to President Davis when he is interrupted by Rhoodie and his AK-47 demonstration. [[spoiler:The last chapter has''President'' has ''President'' Lee drafting a letter to Ambassador British Minister Lyons, and is interrupted by a crowd of reporters informing him that his repeal of slavery has just passed in the Confederate senate.]]
11th Nov '15 7:31:25 PM Odacon_Spy
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* BookEnds: The book begins with General Lee drafting a letter to President Davis when he is interrupted by Rhoodie and his AK-47 demonstration. [[spoiler:The last chapter has''President'' Lee drafting a letter to Ambassador Lyons, and is interrupted by a crowd of reporters informing him that his repeal of slavery has just passed in the Confederate senate.]]
1st Nov '15 1:22:44 PM FordPrefect
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** The book analyzes the difference between conservative racism (People are racist from societal condition and what "they" say) and reactionary racism (Active hatred and degradation based on personal beliefs). This is demonstrated in early chapters where one of Caudell's squadmates says that if he owned slaves, he would want a Rivington man as an overseer, but quickly recants when he sees how harshly they treat blacks, remarking that their attitude would either cause a lot of runaways or an outright revolt.
** Mollie Bean writes to Nate that even the other Rivington men look down upon Piet Hardie, who [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil is a sexual abuser of some kind]]. His depridations [[spoiler: drove a slave to suicide after a failed runaway attempt]], and no white prostitute in Rivington will serve him, although we never get specific details.

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** The book analyzes the difference between conservative racism (People (people are racist from societal condition and what "they" say) and reactionary racism (Active (active hatred and degradation based on personal beliefs). This is demonstrated in early chapters where one of Caudell's squadmates says that if he owned slaves, he would want a Rivington man as an overseer, but quickly recants when he sees how harshly they treat blacks, remarking that their attitude would either cause a lot of runaways or an outright revolt.
** Mollie Bean writes to Nate that even the other Rivington men look down upon Piet Hardie, who [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil is a sexual abuser of some kind]]. His depridations depredations [[spoiler: drove a slave to suicide after a failed runaway attempt]], and no white prostitute in Rivington will serve him, although we never get specific details.



* FatalFlaw: For the Rivington men, their fanaticism means they are completely inflexible, which is what starts driving Confederates away from them. Even the rank-and-file soldiers, who themselves have little use for blacks, get put off when they see how harshly the AWB treats slaves. When Rhoodie tries to horrify Lee by telling him that there are blacks in the British Parliament who of always push for more black rights, Lee asks how they can be blamed if they were properly elected, which gets Rhoodie red in the face and halfway to starting a fight before Lee calms him down.[[spoiler: Later on after receiving ''The Picture History of the Civil War'']] Lee claims Rhoodie's extreme hatred for blacks makes him as much an outcast as John Brown's radical abolitionism.

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* FatalFlaw: For the Rivington men, their fanaticism means they are completely inflexible, which is what starts driving Confederates away from them. Even the rank-and-file soldiers, who themselves have little use for blacks, get put off when they see how harshly the AWB treats slaves. When Rhoodie tries to horrify Lee by telling him that there are blacks in the British Parliament who of always push for more black rights, Lee asks how they can be blamed if they were properly elected, which gets Rhoodie red in the face and halfway to starting a fight before Lee calms him down.down. [[spoiler: Later on on, after receiving ''The Picture History of the Civil War'']] War'']], Lee claims Rhoodie's extreme hatred for blacks makes him as much an outcast as John Brown's radical abolitionism.
1st Nov '15 1:21:33 PM FordPrefect
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** Mollie Bean writes to Nate that even the other Rivington men look down upon Piet Hardie, who [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil is a sexual abuser of some kind]]. His depridations [[spoiler: drove a slave to suicide after a failed runaway attempt]], and no white prostitue in Rivington will serve him, although we never get specific details.

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** Mollie Bean writes to Nate that even the other Rivington men look down upon Piet Hardie, who [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil is a sexual abuser of some kind]]. His depridations [[spoiler: drove a slave to suicide after a failed runaway attempt]], and no white prostitue prostitute in Rivington will serve him, although we never get specific details.
29th Oct '15 8:02:23 AM PiGirl13
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* Technobabble: Nobody has to explain one bit of the science behind the machine, since it was stolen from who-knows-how-far into the future in the first place, and all they could do was try and work the controls.

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* Technobabble: {{Technobabble}}: Nobody has to explain one bit of the science behind the machine, since it was stolen from who-knows-how-far into the future in the first place, and all they could do was try and work the controls.
15th Oct '15 1:17:34 PM MikeW
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* SweetPollyOliver: Mollie Bean, who disguises herself as a man to serve in the Confederate army.

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* SweetPollyOliver: Mollie Bean, who disguises herself as a man to serve in the Confederate army. She returns to the guise when the CSA takes on the AWB and her commander's reaction ("Haven't you grown a beard yet?") makes it clear he (and most of the rest of their squad) had figured out she was a woman but kept quiet out of respect for her bravery.
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