Confederates in the attic

One purpose of this book is to reexamine this connection, to question why a liberal Northerner, one who later became a student political worker and then a Pulitzer prize-winning foreign correspondent, should still find himself drawn to stories and figures that represent much that he has worked against in his own life.

One raced through town in his pickup truck waving a Confederate flag; the other, affronted, raced after him. It broadens your imagination beyond the inert cannons and marble busts that dot most battlefields. V, November,p.

For one, Confederates in the Attic was a lot more sober than I expected. Another difference is that Vowell made herself the leading character of her story; though she can be stridently pedagogic, it is sufferable because she is willing to let herself be the butt of many jokes.

Afterwards, you can leave the battlefield and grab a Sausage McMuffin. The issues at stake in the Civil War race in particular remained raw and unresolved. They dieted fanatically so they could stay near the average weight of a Civil War soldier. Our modern lives are much easier than the lives lived by those in previous decades.

Surprisingly, though, as much as Horwitz pokes and prods, overt racism rarely bubbles to the surface. Horwitz remains at more of a distance, the somber, professional journalist. When Hodge shows up in the story, your attention will be rapt. After beginning, appropriately enough, with a visit to Fort Sumter, where the Confederacy first fired on the Union, Horwitz sets out for Kentucky, and runs smack dab into a murder case.

Inspired by this chance meeting, Horwitz sets out on a Civil War odyssey. One day, my dad took me to his office, to use his computer.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Summary & Study Guide

Horwitz discovers that the war is a symbol of pride for many Amercans, but for many different reasons.

For some reason, this struck me as an incredibly touching, weirdly beautiful image. But Horwitz wisely realizes that the strength of his narrative is in the characters he meets along the way and the stories they have to tell.

Too many whites wrap the memory in nostalgia, refusing to look beneath the myth. Hodge is a true iconoclast, the kind of guy without a hint of artifice or self-consciousness or at least he was, pre-fame.

It was a definitive American event and identifying with it is a definitively American phenomenon, perhaps even a unifying force.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Summary & Study Guide

Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was living in Virginia when a Civil War reenactment spilled across his front yard. The men wore the same uniforms for a week and slept out in the elements.

They have reached the end of their stories. They dieted fanatically so they could stay near the average weight of a Civil War soldier.

On the advice of author Shelby Foote, Horwitz visited the battlefield at Shiloh on the April anniversary of the fight.

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There are no televisions there. The only time he speaks up, oddly enough, is when a black woman dares voice support for Louis Farrakhan. I would take the pad and turn it upside down, using the cardboard back as a cover, and the blank sides of the forms as pages. Diverse groups have immersed themselves in the literature and regalia of the war.Confederates in the Attic, by Tony Horwitz, Pantheon Books, New York,$ The Civil War looms large in the minds of Americans.

Diverse groups have immersed themselves in the literature and regalia of the war.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

In Confederates in the Attic, author Tony Horwitz sets out to discover the. Mar 03,  · In Confederates in the Attic, journalist Tony Horwitz explores the ways in which the Civil War is still present in Southern culture. I was a Civil War re-enactor in junior high and high school, and I particularly appreciated his chapter on that very strange hobby: "A Farb of the Heart."/5.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him.

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Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways/5().

Confederates in the Attic is Tony Horwtiz's personal exploration of the modern fascination with the Confederacy in the American South.

Horwitz, who as a child in Maryland had his own fascination with the war, later rekindled his interest as an adult after meeting a group of Confederate reenactors. In addition to Confederates in the Attic, his books include the national and New York Times bestsellers, Blue Latitudes, Baghdad Without a Map and A Voyage Long and Strange.

His latest book, Midnight Rising, was named a New York Times Notable Book/5(76).

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