What are the main points in Horwitz’s comments on the “alternative strain” evident in Fitzgerald, GA in Confederates in the Attic?

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Horwitz makes two main points in his discussion of this town in Georgia where Southerners and Northerners lived together in peace since the 1880s.  First, he makes the point that this town shows that the sort of hatred and selective memory that has arisen in so much of the South was not inevitable.  Things really could have been a lot different if people had made an effort as those in Fitzgerald did.  Second, he cites Beth Davis's idea that this "alternative strain" shows that things can get better.  Davis says the town shows that old barriers can be overcome, giving us hope that we, today, will be able to reconcile with one another even given our differences.

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