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McElroy, John

Entry updated 26 March 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1846-1929) US printer, publisher, journalist and author most famous for the nonfiction Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons: Fifteen Months a Guest of the So-called Southern Confederacy: A Private Soldier's Experience in Richmond, Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, Blackshear, and Florence (1879), an extremely influential first-person account. Of sf interest is Decline and Fall of the American Republic: Confession of a Repentant Politician: A Story of Fifty Years Hence (1880 Toledo Blade; 1880 chap), in which, after the disastrous presidential election of 1880 in the immediate Near Future, tragically won by Democrats who create an immediate Dystopia, Southern revanchists infiltrate the government and reinstate something very akin to Slavery; an Invasion of Cuba later goes awry, Boston is levelled, and America is balkanized into a number of small countries. [JC]

John McElroy

born Greenup County, Kentucky: 25 August 1846

died Washington, District of Columbia: 12 October 1929

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