LET’S HAVE AN ELECTION! Who do you vote for for President of the Confederate States? One of the funnest (and most difficult tasks) of writing alternate history is determining the fates of real historical figures. One of the things I’m trying to determine is who will fill the roles of various government officials. Chief among the decisions I must make is who will be the Confederate President at the start of world war 1? I’ve narrowed it down to two candidates. Jacob Dickinson and James Vardaman. This also gives me a chance to reveal the two main political parties of the CSA that develop in the nearly twenty years between Reaping the Whirlwind and World War 1. The Populist Party organized in the aftermath of the slave revolt of 1895 on a platform of White Supremacy, the preservation of slavery, the forced deportation of freed negroes, and the repeal of the Negro Conscription Act. Nicknamed “Rednecks” and “Wool Hat Boys” the Populists have chosen as their candidate James Vardaman. On the opposing ticket, the Progressive Party has nominated Jacob Dickinson. The Progressives evolved from former President Stonewall Jackson’s supporters and have a platform of economic and industrial development, the gradual compensated emancipation of negro slaves, and the development of a fully segregated society in the Confederacy where blacks are treated benevolently and are protected from mistreatment and abuse. Unsurprisingly the Populists have dominated the Presidency since 1898. But by 1910 Populist hardline policies have largely brought the Confederate economy to shambles by further alienating foreign markets giving the Progressives their best chance yet to win the Confederate Presidency. So alternate history fans, read up on these two men and tell me who will make the most interesting President of the Confederacy at the start of world war 1!