Alternate Histories, Alternate Americas

Forty Acres and a Starship

The announcement of an alternate history show by Amazon Prime, titled Black America¸ answered the lamentations and prayers of many individuals who were angered by HBO’s idea for a show set in a present-day world where the Confederacy won the American Civil War. Like media manna down from social justice heaven, the announcement of Black America caught many people by surprise. Black America, being developed by Will Packer and Aaron McGruder (of Boondocks fame), imagines an America in which, after the American Civil War, emancipated blacks receive the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as compensation for their enslavement. Suffice to say, this is a far cry from Confederate, which imagines a Confederate States of America lasting into the twenty-first century, complete with slaves.

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