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The United States never recovered from The War for Southern Independence. While the neighboring Confederacy enjoyed the prosperity of the victor, the U.S. struggled through poverty, violence, and a nationwide depression.

The Industrial Revolution never occurred here, and so, well into the 1950s, the nation remained one of horse-drawn wagons, gaslight, highwaymen, and secre...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published June 1992 by Clássica Editora (first published 1953)
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Stephen
5.0 stars. THE BEST ALTERNATIVE HISTORY/TIME TRAVEL STORY I HAVE EVER READ!!!! This book has been on my "to be read" pile for years and I did not have overly high expectations when I finally opened the book. Well, I was blown away by both the writing and the story.

In brief, the plot concerns an alternate history in which the South won the Battle of Gettysburg and, eventually, the Civil War. Thus the story takes place in a world where the Confederate States of America is a separate, prosperous c...more
Simon
What a wonderful surprise this was. Ok, my expectations should have been high starting another book in the SF Masterworks series but I hadn't heard much talk of this author and wasn't overly bowled over by the premise. This is an alternative history story, what might have happened if the south had won the American civil war.

The speculations are themselves quite interesting, The American north becoming impoverished and backward, allowing the European colonial powers to carry on dominating the wor...more
Skyring
I read this years ago, when I devoured the whole corpus of SF. I enjoyed it then, and when I picked it up again after decades on the shelf, I was surge I'd like it even more.

I now know a great deal more about America and I've been to Gettysburg. I'm not entirely sure that possessing Little Round Top would have swung the whole war, but it would certainly have changed the entire tone of the battle if Lee had secured it on the first day.

But we don't get there for a long while. Moore takes his time,...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Brilliant. I did struggle a bit through the bulk of it, the alternate history, but all the details of politics, economics, technological development, cultural mores, philosophies, etc. were fascinating & plausible.

I loved watching the different characters' development. Hodge, especiallly, learns & matures as we watch him grow from a callow youth to a somewhat wiser young man who knows that he doesn't have any answers and can't make any judgements.

The time travel bit is brief but importa...more
Stuart
Bring the Jubilee is a fairly obscure alternate-history story about a world in which the South won the "War for Southron Independence". The main character is a directionless youth who leaves his impoverished life in the countryside of Wappinger Falls, Pennsylvania to move to New York, one of the few cities in the North to still thrive in a North America dominated by the Southron Confederate States. The story takes a very unexpected turn at midpoint, seemingly dropping the most promising plot-lin...more
Brian
An alternate history tale in which the South won the Civil War. The main part of the story takes place some 60 years after the war and the United States (just the North) has fallen into disarray after its disastrous loss to the South. I found this part of the book fascinating, with interesting speculation on how the state of the world changes if the United States breaks up (if a bit outlandish at times).

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Trenton Hayes
Wow. Here is a gem I never knew. What a strange, sad, logically consistent world Moore builds here, redolent of chance, regret and disjunction. I think perhaps The man in High Castle owes this book a considerable debt.

This story considers the hoary trope 'what if the south won the war?' not only before most of the other well known treatments of the subject (Guns of the South, etc), but in a emmersive and engaging way. The sad defeated United States--disemboweled and at the mercy of the other gre...more
lanalang
Oh...chissà perché ero un po' prevenuta verso questo libro, avevo il sospetto che fosse noioso. Forse dopo aver letto qualche recensione, chissà...E invece è stata una lettura molto, molto gradevole, interessante, colta, e pure avvincente in una maniera particolare, sobria ed elegante direi.
Ward Moore scriveva davvero bene, sono contenta di aver scoperto questo scrittore.
Consigliatissimo, soprattutto agli amanti del genere ucronico.
Jeremy
This was an unexpected pleasure of a find for me. Written back in the 50's this book seemingly is way ahead of its time. An alternate history, time travel, with steam punk elements story, that should do well with readers today. Though I don't think many people know of it.

We follow our main character Hodge, a history buff, in a world without need of such a thing. He struggles with needing more from life and sets off from his home in Wappingers Falls, NY to New York City. But this NYC is much diff...more
John
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Michael
This is a time travel book, published in the 1950s, and often mentioned as one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. I admit to being underwhelmed, although--perhaps--that author's idea was seminal at the time he wrote this story.

The main character, Hodge, lives in an America where the South won the Civil War, and the North is an underdeveloped, economically depressed, powerless nation of poverty, crime, ignorance, and hopelessness. Hodge becomes a historian and travels back thr...more
Angela
The first alt history book? Perhaps. Proto-steampunk? Fo' sho'.

Ward Moore relates a tale of an alternative reality 1950s USA, where, 90 years ago, the Union lost the Civil War and now a divided North America struggles to get by. The industrialized North has decayed into a decrepit, poverty-stricken smogfest (hence the steampunk), while the South/CSA is put-putting along with slavery and agricultural stuff. Protagonist is a bookish history student who wins a scholarship to study at a fancy Dead...more
Jessica
This is one of the short stories that I read in "The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century". It was well-written and well-imagined. The best of all of the alternate history stories in the book. There is a lot of philosophy and it rambles on for quite a while before getting into the meat of the story, but it was still really good.
Don
Alternative history story, about how the world might have turned out if the Confederates has won the American Civil War. The answer is that the USA would have been arrested at 26 states in a condition of poverty and chronic underdevelopment. The CSA would have expanded southwards to take control of Mexico and emerge as a world power.

Hodge Backmaker escapes rural poverty to travel to a New York which, in the 1920, though the biggest city in the USA, is a cultural and economic backwater with gasli...more
Jay
I enjoyed the premise- an alternate history where the world was more or less completely altered with the American Civil War where the south won. This one point is what got me interested in reading the book. I like alternate histories, and I thought this one would be quite good. Unfortunately, I found the first two thirds of the story to be unbelievably drab and it took me a while to really get through it. When the last third did come about, it went by so quickly that I felt as though I'd been do...more
Shane Moore
Sep 19, 2012 Shane Moore rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Civil War Buffs
Recommended to Shane by: Phillip K. Dick
What would the 1950's have been like in a world where the US lost the Civil War?

Ward Moore's "Bring the Jubilee" tells the story of an introverted man's search for a meaningful life in a gaslit, steam-powered, 3rd-World United States.

This book is an expanded version of a short story published in 1952, and that detail is apparent. You can see the padding necessary to make it novel-length; the plot drags in places, and the story meanders toward its conclusion through slow side-plots. Some of the e...more
Gary
A cleverly written alternate history novel, presupposing the South won the Civil War. The novel takes place many decades after the war, in the mid-20th century, and shows the after-effects. Surprises: the South's victory has arrested the Industrial Revolution in the Northern states, and society has become horse-and-buggy impoverished. For a good portion of the book, it reads like a Horatio Alger, rags-to-(not quite) riches story, then comes to a twist at the end. Although I would question the au...more
Stephanie
A little sci-fi to mix up the reading is a welcome change, especially with Ward Moore's Jubilee, which contains many elements of the alternaverse novel. When expectations are kept low to earth-grounded ideas, away from those in Brave New World or 1984, Moore's manipulation of history comes to the fore. However, story-telling rank 6/10 as some parts were somewhat predictable. Meanwhile, individual characters and elements as well his detailed descriptions of a corrupt United States (as opposed to...more
Graham Levene
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Jeff
Aug 13, 2014 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs?
Recommended to Jeff by: Pringle's 100 Best SF Novels
Shelves: 2014, science-fiction
I once hung out with a woman who constantly misunderstood me and vice versa. We could not clearly communicate, even when we each thought we were speaking plainly. Ward Moore and i might have the same problem. I've only ever been willing to take half the blame for the real life communication breakdown, but i'll assume it all in this case for being a careless reader.

Did Moore choose a narrator who couldn't understand the characters he interacted with? Is Hodgins Backmaker inevitably confusing? Is...more
Joel
Moore starts stronger than he finishes in portraying an economically backwards and depressed northern US several decades after the south won the US Civil War. While I liked that his maim character was a historian, I didn't love the book. Apparently it was cutting edge at the time it was written in the 1950s and he was the first to write an alt-history with this core idea. I don't like it as much as Philip Dick's 'Man in the High Castle'.
Jane Healy
Quite an easy read - but I felt let down by the lack of depth in the descriptions of what life would actually be like in this alternative history. The ending came as something of a surprise and was the best part of the book
Ramon Yáñez lópez
Novela escrita en 1953. Narra, en un principio, la vida en lo que queda de los Estadus Unidos, despues de perder la guerra de la Independencia Sudista. Un mundo en el que los grandes imperios: Alemania, Espa��a, etc se reparten el mundo conocido.

Novela corta pero intensa. Est�� incluida entre las 100 novelas mas famosas de David Pringle.

Si os gusto Un Hombre en el Castillo de P.K. Dick, El Cuerno de Caza de Sarban u otras novelas ucronicas esta os encantar��.
Nazim
It’s an alternate history SF book. The book describes the life of Mr Backerman from his 17 years of age and his time-travel through the past. His difficult life is stressed.

well, I liked a gentleman-like manner the events had been described with. A good deal of rarely used old words made it a bit look like an 18th century book))
Jeremy Adam
An amazing, nearly perfect novel, from concept to writing to characterization. This is the kind of book that makes me feel sorry for people who won't read anything labeled "science fiction," because they fear doing so will make them geeky. My pity also extends to geeks who avoid reading novels that display careful attention to language and characters. Perhaps it's this in-between-ness that makes Bring the Jubilee a somewhat obscure book. But if you're willing and able to read in a place where no...more
James MacIntyre
The first two-thirds of this book were excellent, exploring the alternative world that could've been created if the American Civil War ended differently.

Moore seems to use the alternative-history angle to actually criticise our world. Without the advantages of our 'better' world, many of the characters are fairly despicable - but perhaps no more so than us, raising the interesting debate about nature vs. nurture in man's civility.

However, the ending of time-travel is so obvious to spot and pred...more
Tim Dees
I understood this to be an alternative history book staged as if the South had won the Civil War. It was, but in the end it also turned out to be something of a science fiction book, with some time travel twists that are only hinted at toward the beginning. The writing style is very flowery and not at all contemporary-- the book was written in the mid-1950s. I think it would have been more interesting if it had gone more into the sociology of life in the northern states after a confederate victo...more
Jeremy
Reading this after Robert Charles Wilson's "Julian Comstock" I found myself asking "did he read this book?" Both authors paint a portrait of a NYC that never existed (or hasn't come to exist yet) that are affected by past and future wars, civil unrest.

In some ways "Bring the Jubilee" is your classic time travel paradox story, but it also raises some interesting notions about another america, one in which the confederacy seceded successfully from the union.

A great read for lovers of historical fi...more
Ralph McEwen
I liked this book even though I disliked the alternate history societies structure, attitudes and lack of inventions but I can not disagree with them after all it is an alternate history. The science fiction part is fine but shorter then I would have preferred. The time machines invention is slight on substance but its a time machine, how many have you seen? Overall the story flowed well and the interplay of the characters was entertaining and interesting. Some of the other reviews are much bett...more
Whitepixels
An alternate history where the South has won the Civil War, and the USA is currently a poor third world country consisting of 26 states. While the premise is interesting, I feel there could have been more focus on the country and its society, instead of the setting just acting as a backdrop to the life story of a youth who stumbles around the poverty-stricken land trying to make a living and later to enroll in a college. At the end, things are solved through time travel and "changing the past",...more
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