I am still at it today, writing a novel that tries to encapsulate American history from to Afterwards, you Confederates in the attic leave the battlefield and grab a Sausage McMuffin.
Creating a character and placing them in a historical context requires you to develop empathy for the past. And how can we venerate a culture that enslaved millions of African Americans? Too many blacks dismiss the war as meaningless to them or to their present existence.
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.
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The author was afflicted with the Civil War bug when he was a boy. The cause of the Civil War, after all, is slavery. I never outgrew my hobby for churning out bad historical fiction. Another visitor, a year-old factory worker from Chattanooga, was making his eighth annual pilgrimage to the site.
Yet the ghosts of the past have an advantage over us: Hodge is a true iconoclast, the kind of guy without a hint of artifice or self-consciousness or at least he was, pre-fame. Horwitz examines Confederates in the attic own fascination with the war. In Kentucky he followed the trial of a black teenager accused of murdering a white man for waving a rebel flag from his truck and explored how the murdered man was turned into a martyr and celebrity by various southern groups including the Ku Klux Klan.
Some, like Hodge, create their own personal identity around the war. XXII, Spring,p. Horwitz remains at more of a distance, the somber, professional journalist. When Hodge shows up in the story, your attention will be rapt.
Our reasons are as varied as the interesting fellow pilgrims he met along the way. He did not discover a single prevailing reason. 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.
They were like many Civil War soldiers of the previous century—young, aggressive and itching to make a mark in the world. He is a liberal northerner from a Jewish family whose ancestors had come to America after the war was over.
Horwitz accompanied Hodge on a weeklong battlefield tour. You can, for a few minutes, stop time. I have no commercial aspirations for my writing which is fitting, because commerce has no need for me. Both include inquiring, intellectually gifted narrators who set out on a voyage to discover the forgotten curios of American violence, and the delightful oddballs who keep them.
The problem with writing by hand, of course, is that your hand cannot keep up with your mind.
A simple explanation, he suggests, is that he wished to get closer to his father, but the war seems to have an even greater pull than would be explained by this. Indeed, what you find during a lot of his journeys — even in the South — is that the Civil War is just another corporatized brand.
Throughout the book, Horwitz returns to an issue that troubles anyone interested in the Civil War. It broadens your imagination beyond the inert cannons and marble busts that dot most battlefields. Because we live in the now, the future is unknown.
They dieted fanatically so they could stay near the average weight of a Civil War soldier. And really, that is the great escape provided by history. Diverse groups have immersed themselves in the literature and regalia of the war. Also, we know that it ends. Confederates in the Attic is subtitled: A lot of the people Horwitz meets come across as good old boys with an abiding interest in their own regional history.
Hawkins lived in a small trailer in North Carolina, working a minimum wage job at a dying factory a factory that was dying in the 90s, and which is today, undoubtedly dead.Confederates in the Attic, by Tony Horwitz, Pantheon Books, New York,$ The Civil War looms large in the minds of Americans.
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Confederates in the Attic () is a work of non-fiction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz. Horwitz explores his deep interest in the American Civil War and investigates the ties in the United States among citizens to a war that ended more than years mint-body.com: Tony Horwitz.
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