By Harry Turtledove
While the good conflict engulfed Europe in 1914, the USA and the accomplice States of the USA, sour enemies for 5 a long time, entered the fray on contrary facets: the U.S. aligned with the newly robust Germany, whereas the Confederacy joined forces with their longtime allies, Britain and France. however it quickly turned transparent to each side that this struggle will be different--that conflict itself could by no means be an identical back. For this used to be to be a prolonged, worldwide clash waged with new and chillingly effective innovations--the computer gun, the plane, poison fuel, and trench warfare.
Across the Americas, the combating raged like wildfire on a number of and far-flung fronts. As President Theodore Roosevelt rallied the varied ethnic teams of the northern states--Irish and Italians, Mormons and Jews--Confederate President Woodrow Wilson struggled to carry jointly a Confederacy nonetheless beset by means of lack of knowledge, prejudice, and sophistication divisions. and because the warfare thundered on, southern blacks, oppressed for generations, came upon themselves fatefully drawn right into a climactic war of words . . .
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He took the long way back, down a winding path that lead to the near-empty parking lot. Lake View Cemetery was a beautiful place, despite the somber graves that stood as cold reminders of so much loss and 44 • JAMIE FORD longing. The ﬁnal resting place of Chief Seattle’s daughter and other notables like Asa Mercer and Henry Yesler, it was a walking tour of Seattle’s forgotten history. Not unlike the Nisei War Memorial Monument in the northeast corner. It was a smaller monument, smaller than the headstones of members of the Nordstrom family, dedicated to Japanese American veterans—locals who’d died ﬁghting the Germans.
He’ll deal with it in his own way, and in his own time,” Ethel had said, shortly after she learned she had cancer. ” Ethel had taken Henry out on Green Lake, on a boat, beneath a sunny 40 • JAMIE FORD August sky, to tell him the bad news. “Oh, I’m not leaving anytime soon,” she’d said. ” She had never stopped mothering her son, and Henry for that matter. Until the treatments began, then everything got turned around. And seemed to stay that way. Now father and son waited in silence, ignoring the carts of dim sum that rolled by.
But that was okay. I’ll do what I have to, Henry thought. But along the way, I think I’m tired of being careful. Finishing his breakfast, he thanked his mother and gathered his books for school. Each had a newly wrapped cover—made from folded jazzclub ﬂyers. After school that Wednesday, Henry and Keiko did their work duties. Emptied the trash in the classrooms. Pounded erasers. Then they waited for the danger to subside. Chaz and Denny Brown were responsible for retiring the ﬂag each day, which kept them around a little longer than usual.