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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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the disastrous February 1862 loss of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River and Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River and the battle of Shiloh. Roland sought to write an objective, fair-minded account of the man whom Jefferson Davis and many ...
31 Following the humiliating defeats on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, Johnston orchestrated the strategic retreat of his army south of the Tennessee River to the important rail center of Corinth, Mississippi.
... birth in 1807 at Stratford on the Potomac River to his surrender in 1865 of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House. Laudatory of Lee as a Christian soldier and the beau ideal of the chivalrous southern gentleman, ...
An equivalent strategy today would call for the surrender of everything in the United States above the Potomac, Ohio, and Missouri Rivers and west of the Rocky Mountains. Fuller's plan ignored the political, economic, social, ...
He had been teaching school for two or three years in the village of Sardis, Tennessee, near the Tennessee River. He now accepted a position as co-principal of the high school in Maury City, about forty miles northwest of Henderson.
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