History Literature / TheGunsOfTheSouth

22nd Apr '17 4:29:49 AM Divra
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* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: The only person to ever call Nate Caudell "Nathaniel" is an official at the balloting station. Everyone else calls him Mr. Caudell or Nate.
22nd Apr '17 4:18:09 AM Divra
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* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Confederates do not know the names for much of the future technology they encounter, and come up with their own names. They refer to a belt-fed machine gun as an 'endless repeater' and a computer as a 'qwerty', after the letters on the keyboard. Cup-of-soup is known as "desiccated meals", based on similarities to their own desiccated vegetables.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Confederates do not know the names for much of the future technology they encounter, and come up with their own names. They refer to a belt-fed machine gun as an 'endless repeater' and a computer as a 'qwerty', after the letters on the keyboard. Cup-of-soup is [=MREs=] are known as "desiccated meals", based on similarities to their own desiccated vegetables.
17th Jan '17 8:37:55 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* CoincidentalDodge: How [[spoiler:Lee]] escapes the initial bullet from [[spoiler:the Rivington men]] at his inauguration. Earlier, he also escapes an assassination by an escaped slave, though he later remarks this assassin had picked a bad spot that would've thrown off his aim no matter what.
17th Jan '17 8:34:24 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* MustHaveCaffeine: Even when some of Lee's officers remain suspicious about the AK-47's, the AWB men win them over by presenting - among other rations - instant coffee. The South is so pinched by the Union blockade that even the officers haven't drank anything but chicory substitutes for years.
16th Jan '17 10:22:12 PM Rubber_Lotus
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*** Relatedly, while [[spoiler: Gen. Forrest]] is almost certainly [[TokenEvilTeammate the most anti-black "hero"]] in the book, even he admits to freeing slaves on several occasions. Even ''this'' gets him dirty looks from the Rivington men.
16th Jan '17 10:13:23 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* SlobsVersusSnobs: A running theme of the book is how slavery interacts with the socioeconomic status of Southern whites. As Lee - quite possibly the Confederacy's richest (non-time-traveling) man - begins leaning more toward abolitionism, both the Rivington Men and Forrest accuse him of highhandedly dictating how poorer whites should treat blacks. On the other side of the coin, Caudell's old squadmate Dempsey Eure mocks the town mayor for touting Forrest's pro-slavery stance, when most of the town is too poor to even think about owning a slave.
5th Jan '17 2:48:15 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* WarIsHell: Even though the South wins in this timeline, none of the main characters are particularly nostalgic for the actual fighting. When Nate's local shopkeeper asks him to recall the experience. Nate's first thoughts are:
--> ''Filthy, boring, hungry. Terrifying past any nightmare.''
29th Dec '16 9:38:25 AM nombretomado
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* TheApartheidEra. The AWB hope to prolong this by turning the CSA into a superpower so South Africa is not alone in its racism.
16th Oct '16 12:34:37 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* WorstAid: The Civil War's medical techniques are, of course, the stuff of nightmares to people from 150 years in the future. Several AWB members state they'd rather die than let Confederate surgeons operate on them.
16th Oct '16 9:58:06 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* SupremeChef: Henry Pleasants' cook, Hattie. A hotel owner later

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* SupremeChef: Henry Pleasants' cook, Hattie. A hotel owner laterlater tries to buy her, only to learn (to his disgust) that she's a freedwoman.
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