Noticed that colleague Eric Black’s Civil War Anniversary post, “What if Lincoln had allowed the South to secede?” is getting a lot of page views and comments, including from readers fiddling with “What America would look like now” scenarios.
So I thought I’d throw a recent film on the hopper for those who might not be aware of it. “C.S.A. The Confederate States of America” came out in 2004, an Independent Film Channel/Spike Lee production.
The dystopia goes further than Black’s scenario. In this one, the South doesn’t secede, it takes over the North and chases Lincoln to Canada — and that’s probably the flick’s biggest weakness. The parody (set in modern-day America) is frequently overbroad and the acting is, well, mediocre at best. But it’s not a waste of time; some of the most outrageous “C.S.A.” moments are firmly grounded in post-Civil War history.
It’s available via Netflix Instant Viewing. Despite its flaws, this fan of dystopian fiction found it an interesting 89 minutes.