Confederates in the Attic

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Tony Horwitz: Confederates in the Attic (1999)

English language

Published March 17, 1999

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Confederates in the Attic (1998) 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 130 years previously. He reports on attitudes on the Civil War and how it is discussed and taught, as well as attitudes about race. Among the experiences Horwitz has in the book:

Horwitz's first day with reenactors, led by Robert Lee Hodge, a particularly hardcore reenactor (who is featured in a photo on the cover of the book). He is a waiter. Lee-Jackson Day in North Carolina Touring Charleston, South Carolina, including Fort Sumter National Monument Studying a Union soldier on a monument celebrating Confederates in Kingstree, South Carolina The aftermath of the murder of Michael Westerman, a Todd County, Kentucky man murdered by a gunshot fired …

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"Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War" by Tony Horowitz is part travel book, part meditation on the power of historical memory. Centered around trips the author took around the American South to sites associated with the American Civil War, the author examines how the war continues to exert an oversized role on the American psyche, even among people whose ancestors would have never have had any role in the conflict. Horowitz was a journalist willing to become close to his subjects and one of the best parts about this book are his interactions with groups of hardcore Civil War reenactors striving to capture the authentic experience of the war in increasingly elaborate fashion. At first, I thought the book might be a little outdated (written in late 1998) but as I went on, I really felt that he capture something quite unique about American identity and …