Confederates in the attic

Another visitor, a year-old factory worker from Chattanooga, was making his eighth annual pilgrimage to the site. Creating a character and placing them in a historical context requires you to develop empathy for the past.

The book is divided into fifteen chapters, organized by state. They dieted fanatically so they could stay near the average weight of a Civil War soldier. He is skilled at engaging people from all walks, and eliciting insightful responses, but he seldom challenges people, even when they are saying the most racist, idiotic things.

Arriving before dawn, he met a bus driver from Minneapolis who was tracing the steps of his ancestor at the battle. In effect, however, the two works are quite different. In between trips, Horwitz becomes involved with a reenacting group led by the "hardcore" reenactor Rob Hodge, who supplies him with authentic period clothes and leads him on a whirlwind week-long tour of Civil War sites.

We grapple with the uncertainty: L, June 22,p.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

It turns out, sadly, that Foote — God rest his soul — was kind of a douche, and a bit of a racist. Also, we know that it ends.

Horwitz himself took to drawing battle sketches on his bedroom walls. Surprisingly, though, as much as Horwitz pokes and prods, overt racism rarely bubbles to the surface. One reenactor, the King of the Hardcore, a man named Robert Lee Hodge, even soaked his buttons in urine so they would oxidize properly.

Failing to do so makes this whole endeavor reek of crass exploitation. Anyone with an interest in the war will enjoy accompanying Horwitz on his journey.

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Hodge takes Horwitz on a Civil Wargasm, in which the two men attempt to cram as much Civil War into as short a period as possible. I just finished my 1,th page a few weeks ago, and according to my outline, I have about 4, pages to go. One day, my dad took me to his office, to use his computer.

As Horwitz visits the sites throughout the South, he encounters unreconstructed rebels who still hold to outdated beliefs. Nevertheless, he was drawn to its story as a young boy, a fascination he shared with his father as a child and then rekindled as an adult after his father retired.

Civil War sites are popular, of course, but also homogenized, a patriotic celebration of internecine strife that, like a healed muscle, made the country stronger.

It broadens your imagination beyond the inert cannons and marble busts that dot most battlefields. 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.

And really, that is the great escape provided by history.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. In Confederates in the Attic, author Tony Horwitz sets out to discover the. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, and more.

Confederates in the Attic. About the Book Confederates in the Attic. by Tony Horwitz. Mingling history, memoir and travelogue, this fresh, provocative, fast-paced adventure will leave many readers itching to travel in Horwitz's tracks.

Apr 02,  · The title CONFEDERATES IN THE ATTIC: DISPATCHES FROM THE UNFINISHED CIVIL WAR carries two meanings in Tony Horwitz’s thoughtful and entertaining exploration of the role of the American Civil War.

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