Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Are You a Yankee or a Reb?

Ever watched Gone with the Wind for the hundredth time, but still press rewind to see it again? Or have you visited the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. and wondered what it might have been like to hear the Gettysburg Address in person? Perhaps you’ve got an inner voice that sympathizes with one side or the other in the never ending American struggle between North and South.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, which dovetails nicely with the writing of my historical novel set during the Civil War entitled The Long Defeat. I’m halfway through another draft, and have gotten great feedback and support from fellow readers and writers out there over the past year as I continue to sharpen and rewrite my story. But during my writings and research I continually find myself asking what side of the line would I fall onto if I found myself embroiled in that American conflict 150 years ago.

I know some of you hail from states today that would have been either in the North or South, and some of you live in different countries altogether, but today Rebs and Yankees can come from anywhere. So if you found yourself living in America back in 1861, where would your sympathies lie? Do you see yourself as a Southern Belle/Gentleman turned Rebel or do you identify more with the Underground Railroad/Preservers of the Union?