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Confederates in the Attic

With the discussion of intense topics such as race, prejudice, history, and identity, it is only natural that there will be moments in Confederates in the Attic where one cringes. The issues that...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2013 2:12 pm UTC

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One of the most disturbing things that Horwitz discovers on his travels is that for many white Southerners, the Civil War never really ended. Horwitz himself is fascinated by the Civil War as a...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019 7:15 am UTC

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Tony Horwitz's chapter titled "The Civil Wargasm" in his book Confederates in the Attic details a trip he took with Robert Lee Hodge to visit all major Civil War sites, dressed in Civil War...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2015 8:34 am UTC

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Horwitz's recollections of Vicksburg, and the South, in general are that the issues of race and remembrance are linked to the Civil War. Horwitz explains that White Southerners and Black...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2012 6:22 pm UTC

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There's no way to completely summarize what Horowirtz concluded in this short space, but let me highlight some of the standout points I found when I read it. 1) Southern identity is sometimes tied...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010 3:20 pm UTC

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This is a fantastic book with a great premise, as the author goes from Civil War battlefield to battlefield, on the same date in history in which they took place and interviews the "hardcores"...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2010 4:08 pm UTC

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One of Tony Horwitz's experiences in Confederates in the Attic was the Wargasm trip he took with reenactor Robert Lee Hodge. Wargasm is the term used for an intensive journey through Civil War...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 3:15 am UTC

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I tend to think that the most relevant details regarding Horwitz's conversation with Manning Williams centers on the idea that there is a nostalgic romanticism that a section of the Southern...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 1:41 am UTC

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I think that Horwitz's most compelling message to come out of his work is to bring attention to how historical reality impacts modern reality. This is a complex process and one cannot dismiss it...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012 5:46 pm UTC

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As the great-grandson of a Confederate soldier, Foote told an interviewer from PBS that "This country has two grievous sins on its hands," one being the legacy of slavery. The other, he claims, is...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 2:26 am UTC

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In the course of researching and writing Confederates in the Attic, author Tony Horwitz spoke with people throughout Southern states that had once been part of the Confederate States of America...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020 10:03 pm UTC

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Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic, performed a great deal of research and travel to write the book. During his travels, he visited noted historian and author Shelby Foote, who spoke...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 3:05 am UTC

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"Farb" is a word used in war reenactments. It means a person who participates in the reenactment without proper dedication to the craft, or someone who refuses to fully engage in playing the part....

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 2:51 am UTC

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The main point that Horwitz is trying to make about neo-Confederates is that they are becoming more aggressive and also more diverse in their tactics. The neo-Confederates are no longer just...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012 6:56 am UTC

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During his travels, Horwitz visited the notorious Andersonville prison in Georgia, and then the community of Andersonville, where he found what he called "a village-sized apologia for the prison...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2012 9:13 pm UTC

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By the time Horwitz reaches Kentucky, he has learned many things about Southern character in general, and how Southerners remember the Civil War specifically. "Southerners are very strange about...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2012 8:43 pm UTC

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For Horwitz, the people he encounters in Shiloh represent the very essence of historiography coming to life. These individuals are motivated and animated by their commitment to the historical...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 8:18 am UTC

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I think that Horwitz's conclusion is built on the idea that the issues and intensity of focus that helped to bring about the Civil War is still percolating under the surface today. Especially seen...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2012 2:53 am UTC

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Threaded throughout Horwitz’s work are some general apologist themes; one of the more colorful occurs in the interview with Shelby Foote, author of the three volume Civil War series that made him...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2012 8:02 pm UTC

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Coming out of Andersonville, having been immersed in learning and re-learning about the horrific things that went on there, and having seen firsthand how many Southern communities were still...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2012 9:34 pm UTC

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What Horwitz says is simply that he is struck by the commonality between these views. This might seem surprising to us because of how different these people are. Irma Jackson is seen at a...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012 6:28 am UTC

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Horwitz's main impression about his visit with Mayor Smitherman has to do with how complex Smitherman's attitudes are. Horwitz is very interested by the fact that Smitherman, for example, has...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012 1:14 pm UTC

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Horwitz suggests that the Civil War helped to forever change the landscape and perceptions of the South and does so to this day. The “War Against Northern Aggression” helped to alter how the South...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013 12:01 am UTC

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The main point that Horwitz is trying to make here is that people like the Alabama woman mentioned in the question have a very selective and biased view of the war. The Alabama woman wanted to...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2012 12:18 am UTC

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The main point in Horwitz's discussion is that both Northerners and Southerners remember Andersonville in very selective and biased ways. Horwitz starts out by saying that Henry Wirz has been...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2012 12:42 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2012 12:31 am UTC

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Popular culture played a significant role in the Westerman murder trial. Even before the trial itself, the murder of Westermn became appropriated by the emerging culture wars of the early to mid...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 9:10 am UTC

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This refers to an event which happened in Todd County, Kentucky in which a man was killed after flying a Confederate flag from his pickup truck. From an African-American perspective, consider what...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2010 5:50 am UTC

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In the book, Shelby Foote says that the remembrance of the war set the South apart from the rest of the nation. The South, of course, had lost the war. To Foote, this made it much more memorable...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2012 1:20 pm UTC

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In Horwitz's report of his interview with Shelby Foote, Foote expresses his "dismay" over the ways in which African Americans have behaved. He argues that African Americans share some (but clearly...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2012 1:25 pm UTC

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In Horwitz's interview of Foote in this book, Foote expresses a great deal of admiration for Forrest. He argues that Forrest was one of only two "geniuses" in the war (with Lincoln being the...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2012 1:31 pm UTC

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