The Civil War still rages across the South in ways both quirky and compelling. Hardcore re-enactors crash-diet to resemble starved Confederates, a Scarlett O'Hara impersonator lifts her skirts for Japanese tourists, and Sons, Daughters, and Children of the Confederacy gather to sing Dixie and salute the rebel flag. Pulitzer Prize winner Tony ...
The Civil War still rages across the South in ways both quirky and compelling. Hardcore re-enactors crash-diet to resemble starved Confederates, a Scarlett O'Hara impersonator lifts her skirts for Japanese tourists, and Sons, Daughters, and Children of the Confederacy gather to sing Dixie and salute the rebel flag. Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz takes us on a ten-state adventure, from Gettysburg to Vicksburg, from Charleston graveyards to Tennessee taverns, probing both the history of the Civil War and its potent echo in the present.
A story that needs to be told that most will never hear. A story of who the true Confederate really was. Forget the hype and the slave thing. THAT isn't who they were in reality.
Aug 29, 2007
Many people wonder why history is such an important subject to study. Tony Horowitz's book shows us why. The main reason I like this book is that it shows how historical events can shape how we are today. History shapes our beliefs, culture, and society in general. By acknowledging this we can begin to understand why people are the way they are BUT we can also acknowledge why many have chosen to change. Horowitz discovers this in his ventures to the south while embracing his love of Civil War history. I find it even more interesting how a boy from New York wanted to participate on the Southern side of the war with the re-enactors. It seems to show his openess to the people he came to interview. I have seen some reviewers call this a "South Bashing" book but I don't see that at all. I see it as someone who has chosen to accept a new friend --warts and all. Some people also have stated that you have to be from the South to enjoy this but I disagree. Have loaned it to a few people: one from Georgia, one from Nebraska, and one from Wyoming. They all have enjoyed it. In fact, I'm having a hard time getting it back from the Wyoming one! He has read it more than once. I would like to see a similar companion piece written by Horowitz to see how the North was affected by the Civil War as well.
Aug 22, 2007
I am a Civil war nut, I found this book to be very entertaining. Yet very informative. It shows how even though over a 100 years past the South still holds to the Confederacy. The people are very proud of their past and many groups still exist. The Daughters of the Confederacy is one example. The Author has done a good job showing just how the confederacy is till alive in the south. He tells that there are Scholarships available to College students that can show through Geanology that they are related to a Confederate Soldier! A very good read!
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