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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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In the U.S. Army, in England, France, Belgium, and Germany, he was Captain Charles Roland, 99th Infantry Division. He saw the worst of the Battle of the Bulge, and he crossed the Rhine on the captured bridge at Remagen.
1 Many years later Wiley remembered Roland as one of his best former graduate students, one of several men recently discharged from the Army who “had had some time to gain perspective; they meant business, they knew what they wanted, ...
Because of his dedicated work as advisor, consultant, lecturer, and researcher for the Department of the Army (in 1985–1987 he chaired its Historical Advisory Committee), it recognized Roland by bestowing upon him two awards, ...
Though he praised President Jefferson Davis's unflagging devotion to the Confederate cause, Roland faulted him for failing to formulate “a unified command or a national strategy worthy of the national army which he fashioned with ...
28 Roland in fact seemed almost destined to write about Johnston, the Kentuckian who graduated high in his class at the U.S. Military Academy, who served with distinction in the U.S. Army, who fought for and served in the government of ...
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