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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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... himself in another ambitious project in the field of southern history—a biography of Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler (1898–1991), the larger-than-life former Kentucky governor, U.S. senator, and national commissioner of baseball.
In his “Happy Chandler” Roland sketches the life of the colorful two-term Kentucky governor, U.S. senator, and baseball administrator. “Chandler offers a remarkable illustration of the power of the individual in a free society to ...
In December 1860 Lincoln rejected Kentucky senator John J. Crittenden's proposed constitutional amendment extending the Missouri Compromise line to the Pacific (and thereby guaranteeing slavery in.
The title of the article is “The Beards Were Right.” The article itself argues just that. I shall spare you a discourse on its contents, but I do wish to repeat two quotations from it. The first is from Senator Joseph Lane, ...
They went to war for the purpose of preserving the Union. We've heard in the harsh words of Senator John Sherman of Ohio that he considered the fate of the slaves inconsequential in comparison to that of ...
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