Indescribable by Steve Payne
says: what if Harry Turtledove's pro-confederacy organisation "America
Will Break" had tried something more subtle than time-travellers shipping
AK-47s from South Africa in 2010? Please note that the opinions expressed in
this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1860, on May 18th at the
"Wigwam" in Chicago, delegates to the second Republican National Convention
nominated former New York Governor William H. Seward for the Presidency.
Agents of the so-called "dark horse" candidate Abraham Lincoln had made
extraordinarily determined efforts to swing the vote. So much so, that
they had ignored his instruction to refrain from binding commitments by
making some incredibly rash promises. Their purpose was to boost Lincoln's
share of the first ballot to the critical high water mark of one hundred
votes. And yet their efforts were undone by the actions of a single
delegate with the decidedly odd name of
"Most of the delegates having never seen the
original, the effect was indescribable" ~ Montgomery Blair
Lincoln's agents had brought a series of woodcuts which favourably
representing their ugly-looking candidate for the majority delegates who
had not seen his likeness (it was not considered appropriate for nominees
to attend the convention).
However Rhoodie brought onto the stage a hideous image of Lincoln that
was in jarringly sharp contrast to the hanging pictures of the fifteen
former Presidents hanging in the Wigwam. Many voters forgot their secret
deals with Lincoln's agents and swung their vote to the comfortingly
familiar image of Seward. Future Postmaster General Montgomery Blair would
later write "Most of the delegates having never seen the original, the
effect was indescribable".
says this story incoln Snatches the Nomination published in American
Heritage Magazine, Spring 2010 & "Guns of the South", Harry Turtledove .
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