My latest project is an alternate history of World War I. A war in a world where the Confederacy aligned with Britain and the USA allied with Germany find themselves facing war in 1914.
When the Great War engulfed Europe in 1914, the United States and the Confederate States of America, estranged for five decades, entered the fray on opposite sides: the United States aligned with the newly emerging and powerful Germany, while the Confederacy joined forces with their longtime allies, Britain and France. But it soon became clear to both sides that this fight would be different–that war itself would never be the same again. For this was to be a protracted, global conflict waged with new and chillingly efficient innovations–the machine gun, the airplane, poison gas, and trench warfare. Across the Americas, the fighting raged like wildfire on multiple and far-flung fronts. As President William Howard Taft rallied the diverse ethnic groups of the United States –Irish and Italians, Protestants and Catholics Confederate Presidents Oscar Underwood struggled to hold together a Confederacy still beset by egalitarian ways, prejudice, and class divisions. And as the war thundered on, African Americans oppressed for generations, found themselves fatefully drawn into a climactic confrontation. As they rise to gain equality with white America.
The result of this horrible and tragic warfare is a sad legacy for all mankind. War is ugly and brings about only decay and degradation. Hidden behind a veil of patriotism with the pretense of fighting tyranny. Only to validate our own sense of righteousness and good which in the end sows the very seeds of our common demise.