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 Maren Ink/May 2018

Maren Ink/May 2018

I worked on Civil War Two: America Elects a President Determined to Restore Religion to Public Life, and the Nation Splits for several years. It was partly born out of an interest in the history of the (first) American Civil War, in the social mechanics of battle, and how famous leaders (military and civilian) accomplished what they did: Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, etc.

In a way, CW2 is the product of a great thought experiment, drawing on my understanding of history and human behavior, asking what would happen if another civil war happened in our near future. I wanted to be realistic, rather than following any popular or idealogical notions of what “should” happen. I add dimension by transposing some parallels from the 19th Century civil war, such as the influence of charismatic leaders. For example, what might a present-day Abraham Lincoln figure be like?

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