Historian Mark Grimsley (right) puts in a few good words for Ransom's Confederate States of America, which got some scorn here following a published interview with the author.
Mark has spent more time than I thinking and writing about the what-if history genre and he suggests that Ransom "has tried his hand at a serious counterfactual exercise." He points out that in the book, Ransom takes note of the CSA Constitution; I had inferred from the form of Ransom's interview answer that he was projecting a CSA post-war drawing up of the constitution.
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