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- Publication Date : August 18, 2010
- File Size : 1917 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 425 pages
- Publisher : Vintage (August 18, 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B003YJEZXW
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I got to thinking about the book after the horrific church shooting in Charleston, S.C. a few years back. That, along with the historic Obama Presidency (though I was never was a fan or supporter of his ) made me think of all the progress we've made as a Nation, but all the hard work left to do. An acquaintance, who has Southern roots, and spent much of his life as a professor at a "historically Black college," remembered the book and the author-I ordered it the next day. I read it much more slowly this time, savoring the atmosphere and Horwitz's story telling. The funny stuff is just as funny, the narrative just as compelling, and the book is, perhaps, even more poignant in it's observations, given the current climate.What with the ongoing, perhaps never-ending debates over the Confederate flag, and the dismantling of Confederate memorials all over the South, I've come to the conclusion that I will be able to re-read this excellent account twenty years from now, and the Civil War (or War Between the States,) will still be "unfinished."
The author sleeps in the rain and cold, almost gets beat up in redneck bars, and meets a wide variety of characters during his travels. You will understand Southern mentality much better after reading this book.
Is everybody in the South represented by Horwitz's travels and interviews? Certainly not. There may have even been some improvements in social relations and attitudes in a few areas, over the past 20 years. However, in my observations, it is probably generally worse now. The pervasive racism and the "us against them" mentality is bad but has really ignited since 2016. The old Dixie bumper stickers "The South Will Rise Again" were always a semi-joke to most people when I was young in the 50's & 60's. No more. There is actual talk and "preppers" planning for a second civil war.
So read this book. Y'all might learn something, or quite a shocking bit if you've not lived in the South.
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Also I had wanted to visit several of the battle sites mentioned, Bull Run (Manassas), Harpers Ferry etc. but this book has also taught me to be more discerning and check for those better preserved...so a real must for potential visitors.