History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History
University Press of Kentucky, 07.12.2007 - 416 Seiten
Before his death in 1870, Robert E. Lee penned a letter to Col. Charles Marshall in which he argued that we must cast our eyes backward in times of turmoil and change, concluding that "it is history that teaches us to hope." Charles Pierce Roland, one of the nation's most distinguished and respected historians, has done exactly that, devoting his career to examining the South's tumultuous path in the years preceding and following the Civil War. History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History is an unprecedented compilation of works by the man the volume editor John David Smith calls a "dogged researcher, gifted stylist, and keen interpreter of historical questions."Throughout his career, Roland has published groundbreaking books, including The Confederacy (1960), The Improbable Era: The South since World War II (1976), and An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (1991). In addition, he has garnered acclaim for two biographical studies of Civil War leaders: Albert Sidney Johnston (1964), a life of the top field general in the Confederate army, and Reflections on Lee (1995), a revisionist assessment of a great but frequently misunderstood general. The first section of History Teaches Us to Hope, "The Man, The Soldier, The Historian," offers personal reflections by Roland and features his famous "GI Charlie" speech, "A Citizen Soldier Recalls World War II." Civil War–related writings appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership. The final section brings together Roland's writings on the evolution of southern history and identity, outlining his views on the persistence of a distinct southern culture and his belief in its durability. History Teaches Us to Hope is essential reading for those who desire a complete understanding of the Civil War and southern history. It offers a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary historian.
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For example, Roland described the sugar planters as “men of sound wit who tempered their lives with vigorous play, set the pace for the area in which they lived, and made the plantation ideal supreme.” In 1862, as Federal armies ...
“Bred in this conviction,” Roland explained, the once proud sugar barons “permitted a priori condemnation to blind them to the possibility of any good in the new order, just as Federal authorities were led by their preconceptions to ...
... by Mormons and asserting federal authority in Utah Territory. In 1861, when Texas seceded from the Union, Johnston commanded the Department of the Pacific. He resigned his commission to cast his lot with the new Confederate army.
Concentrating troops from throughout the region, Johnston began a bold counteroffensive, mobilizing a large army with hopes of catching Grant's divided Federal army by surprise just across the Tennessee line at Pittsburg Landing on the ...
“This decision,” according to Roland, “was a grave mistake; Beauregard ought either to have risked all in a desperate assault on the last Federal position, or to have led his army back to Corinth during the night of the sixth.
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