For my eighth book of the year, I needed to choose something found in the library system in the 900s. When researching this, I saw many books that were biographies, so I initially decided on Jim Henson’s memoir. I switched my choice when I got my book on The Brady Bunch. Then I found out that technically they fell in the 700s, and the 900s were more about history. I discovered a new book that had just been released, “1774,” which was about the Boston Tea Party. When I went to purchase it, I realized it had way too many pages and wasn’t discounted enough at my second-hand store. So, I headed to the historical section, and I was immediately drawn to the Civil War era.
Without looking at the book’s description, the cover art grabbed my attention. I checked the Dewey Decimal number, and it was in the 900s, so I purchased it.
“Confederates In The Attic” takes you on a journey with the author, Tony Horwitz, as he tours the South and tries to understand the modern-day obsession with the Civil War. He visits battlegrounds, museums, and other locations along the way, talking to Neo-Confederates, Klansmen, locals, and even more recent Civil rights locations such as Selma, where Rosa Parks took a stand. Each location and person he visits has a different opinion about the war and what it stood for.
While it took a bit of time to fully engage me, I was ultimately captivated. I have my own fascination with the Civil War and history, but it isn’t about North or South, Union or Rebel. I think it’s more because of how close it was to our society. In my own ancestry, my grandfather’s grandpa was a civilian killed during the war. It seems close when you can place your own family members in the midst of it. Unlike the Boston Tea Party, which I don’t connect the dots to that far back.
Although it took a long time to read due to getting caught up in the Valentine’s rush of work, I finally finished it, and I’m glad I did. The end of the book was far more entertaining than the beginning, but it’s all educational.