After finishing September, September , Foote resumed work on Two Gates to the City , the novel he had set aside in to write the Civil War trilogy. The work still gave him trouble and he set it aside once more, in the summer of , to write "Echoes of Shiloh," an article for National Geographic Magazine. By , he had given up on Two Gates altogether, though he told interviewers for years afterward that he continued to work on it. In , Foote strongly denounced the Memphis chapter of the NAACP in their campaign for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument in Memphis, accusing them of anti-white prejudice: "the day that black people admire Forrest as much as I do is the day when they will be free and equal, for they will have gotten prejudice out of their minds as we whites are trying to get it out of ours.
But the flag to me represents many noble things. In the late s, Ken Burns had assembled a group of consultants to interview for his Civil War documentary. Foote was not in this initial group, though Burns had Foote's trilogy on his reading list. Burns and crew traveled to Memphis in to film an interview with Foote in the anteroom of his study. In November , Foote figured prominently at a meeting of dozens of consultants gathered to critique Burns' script.
Burns interviewed Foote on-camera in Memphis and Vicksburg in That same year, he became a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Civil War historian Judkin Browning has noted that Foote's outspoken praise of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the documentary ensured " Lost Causers raised their beer mugs in salute while historians hurled their lagers at their televisions.
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Foote remained adamant that slavery was not a major cause of the Civil War, stating in that "no soldier on either side gave a damn about the slaves—they were fighting for other reasons entirely in their minds. Foote somehow compared the great emancipator with a man who owned slaves, murdered blacks and joined the Ku Klux Klan.
When Burns's documentary aired in September , Foote appeared in almost 90 segments, about one hour of the hour series. Foote's drawl and erudition made him a favorite.
He was described as "the toast of Public TV," "the media's newest darling," and "prime time's newest star," and the result was a burst of book sales. In one week at the end of September , each volume of the paperback The Civil War: A Narrative sold 1, copies per day. By the middle of , Random House had sold , copies of the trilogy. Foote later told Burns, "Ken, you've made me a millionaire.
The extent of Foote's apparent apologia for white Southern racism and Lost Cause mythologising was satirised in the character of Sherman Hoyle in the mockumentary C. Foote professed to be a reluctant celebrity.
When The Civil War was first broadcast, his telephone number was publicly listed and he received many phone calls from people who had seen him on television. Foote never unlisted his number, and the volume of calls increased each time the series re-aired. The two Footes are third cousins; their great-grandfathers were brothers.
In Foote received an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina. In the early s, Foote was interviewed by journalist Tony Horwitz for the project on American memory of the Civil War which Horwitz eventually published as Confederates in the Attic Foote was also a member of The Modern Library 's editorial board for the re-launch of the series in the mids, this series published two books excerpted from his Civil War narrative.
Foote also contributed a long introduction to their edition of Stephen Crane 's The Red Badge of Courage giving a narrative biography of the author. He also received the St. Foote was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Also in , Foote joined Protect Historic America and was instrumental in opposing a Disney theme park near battlefield sites in Virginia.
In , the author Tony Horwitz visited Foote for his book Confederates in the Attic , a meeting in which Foote declared he was "dismayed" by the "behavior of blacks, who are fulfilling every dire prophesy the Ku Klux Klan made", and that African Americans were "acting as if the utter lie about blacks being somewhere between ape and man were true".
I'm a man, my society needs me, here I am. In a 3-hour interview, conducted by C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb , Foote shows off the library of his home, working room, and writing desk, and details the writing of his books as well as taking on-air calls and emails. Foote campaigned in the referendum on the Flag of Mississippi , arguing against a proposal which would have replaced the Confederate battle flag with a blue canton with 20 stars.
Many among the finest people this country has ever produced died in that war. To take it and call it a symbol of evil is a misrepresentation. In Foote received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. Foote died at Baptist Hospital in Memphis on June 27, , aged He had had a heart attack after a recent pulmonary embolism. His grave is beside the family plot of General Forrest.
In a reappraisal of Foote's work, Ta-Nehisi Coates concluded that Foote "gave twenty years of his life, and three volumes of important and significant words to the Civil War, but he could never see himself in the slave. He could not get that the promise of free bread can not cope with the promise of free hands. Shelby Foote wrote The Civil War , but he never understood it.
Understanding the Civil War was a luxury his whiteness could ill-afford. In , the Sons of Confederate Veterans used Foote's presentation of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a "humane slave holder" to protest against the removal of his statue in Memphis. Foote had argued that Forrest "avoided splitting up families or selling [slaves] to cruel plantation owners. In October , John F. Lee as an "honorable man" who "gave up In , the conservative writer Bill Kauffman , writing in The American Conservative , argued for a revival of Foote's sympathetic portrayal of the South.
These two books published by the Modern Library are excerpted from the three-volume narrative. The former was a whole chapter in the second volume, and the latter excerpted from the second volume where some material was interspersed with other events. But most were grateful. Louis D.
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Rubin Jr. Among the most vivid scenes was the description of Gen. Robert E. Lee's slow ride after his surrender: "Grief brought a sort of mass relaxation that let Traveller [Lee's horse] proceed, and as he moved through the press of soldiers, bearing the gray commander on his back, they reached out to touch both horse and rider, withers and knees, flanks and thighs, in expression of their affection. The work brought its author three Guggenheim Fellowships, a Ford Foundation grant and considerably more in royalties than any of his novels had earned, and he was admitted to a distinguished company of Civil War historians that included Bruce Catton, Allan Nevins and Douglas Southall Freeman.
Still, it remained for television to carry him to fame. In Ken Burns, planning his television documentary on the war, called on Mr.
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Foote, who had been recommended by his fellow Southern writer Robert Penn Warren, to be a paid consultant. The choice of an accomplished stylist steeped in Southern lore was made to order, and Mr. Foote readily established himself as the viewers' surrogate. The series, a smash hit for public broadcasting, attracted an audience of 14 million over five nights and turned Mr. Foote into a prime-time star.
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His fans learned that he was a pipe smoker who loved Mozart and Vermeer and Proust he said he had read "Remembrance of Things Past" from start to finish nine times and drank bourbon outdoors and scotch indoors. His dog, Booker, an akita, dozed nearby as he wrote.
At one point Mr. Foote was getting 20 calls a day from admirers who just wanted to have him over for dinner. He took a page from Ulysses S. Grant who, in reply to the remark "You must get lots of mail," said, "Not nearly so much as I did when I answered it all. Foote stopped writing back.
Foote's who became a well-known novelist. William Percy was a cousin of Walker Percy, not an uncle. The article also misstated the setting of one of Mr. Foote's novels, "September, September. Correction Appended Shelby Foote, the historian whose incisive, seasoned commentary -- delivered in a drawl so mellifluous that one critic called it "molasses over hominy" -- evoked the Civil War for millions in the hour PBS documentary in , died on Monday at a Memphis hospital He was 88 and lived in Memphis.