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Earth-That-Was and Earth-That-Is: Historical Connections to the 'Verse

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    Couch Potato

Posted Mar 17, 2006 @ 9:27 AM

The place to discuss rebels of all types, Union/Unification, the two Jubal Early's, the frontier, and whatever historical parallels you can find. Because the only thing hotter than a scifi fan is a history buff.

Thanks to DMike for the thread name.




    Loyal Viewer

Posted Mar 17, 2006 @ 10:57 AM

Some interesting stuff about the Civil War Jubal Early (because I too am a history dork):

Early apparantly led many successful campaigns until he was defeated at Waynesboro six weeks before General Lee's surrender and the end of the war. Early never surrendered, and, after the U.S. was reunified, he skipped the country until he was pardoned. He still never took any oath to the U.S. as a whole, and became a champion for the lost Southern cause.

I find more parallels between Mal and the real Early than the two Earlys, personally. It's interesting that the real Early NEVER surrendered, or took an oath to the new country, just like Mal refuses to recognize Unification Day, and so on.

However, the bounty hunter Early is sort of a 'Mal gone wrong,' a Malcolm Reynolds without the sense of honor and dignity. He doesn't fit in with the Alliance, but he has no morals, so he doesn't mind collecting money from them in exchange for River. The real Early would never have given anything to the U.S. government, even for a large sum of money, because he so strongly believed against what they stood for, like Mal.

Do we know anything about the bounty hunter Early's past, other than that he liked to hurt people and neighbor's pets? Did he fight in the war?