At our June 2010 meeting, we will be discussing the following book selected by Jim Almy:
Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic, Vintage (paperback addition), 1999.
Here is a summary provided by Jim:
Why has little changed in those parts of the old South that still fight the War of Northern Aggression? Who sleeps all night in an open field under a thin blanket, no shoes, fetid woolen pants and period blouses, forty-five degrees in a steady rain so they can recreate the imagined suffering of soldiers a hundred and fifty years gone? Why do people walk out their doors each morning in the south into a world of endless, grinding poverty and embrace it? In a country so fluid — at least twenty percent of Americans move once a year, many of them crossing state borders — how does parochialism become so common that we dismiss each other as the “Deep South” or “Left Coast” and comfortably accept the implied prejudices? Why is willful ignorance and un-education accepted, widely embraced even, in many southern communities? Who writes history and when do we begin to learn what really occurred? Who asks, when getting off the bus at the Atlanta tourist information center, “Where are Rhett and Scarlet buried?” And why do the Japanese fly an American Scarlet O’Hare impersonator to Japan to meet with the empress?