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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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This “called for meticulous scholarship, discriminating judgment, and a thorough grounding in military and political history.” Sparks, who agreed with Hassler that Roland's “splendid” work would prove to be “definitive,” nevertheless ...
Lincoln's rival, President Jefferson Davis, “was tall, erect, and slender, his bearing unmistakably military; though his features were too sharp to be called truly handsome, they were distinguished; southerners considered them genteel.
... hoarded ninety-two thousand uniforms in the state's warehouses. 129 In his detailed review of the second edition of An American Iliad, Stephen S. Michot of Nicholls State University called Roland's coverage of Native Americans in the.
State University called Roland's coverage of Native Americans in the Civil War “nonexistent,” and he listed several inaccuracies—from an incorrect rendering of Confederate deployments in Roland's map of Shiloh, to the author's erroneous ...
... “Lee and Jackson forged what figuratively might be called a synergistic relationship in which the effect of the whole exceeded that of the sum of its parts, the performance of each man galvanized by the presence of the other.
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