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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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 his opinion, as leader of a nation torn asunder by civil war the president had few constitutional precedents to follow; circumstances thus “necessitated both authoritarian decisions and delicate compromises.
Instead of leading a counterrevolution, Lee followed the orders of his constitutional commander in chief and fought until the cause was indeed lost. Roland exonerated Lee of criticisms that he senselessly sacrificed too many Confederate ...
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.
Writing in 1996, Gienapp says that, in this context, the Civil War was a product of the democratic political system itself, and the southern secessionists probably had the better constitutional argument in the fierce debate that led to ...
Shortly after the war, in a correspondence with the famed British historian Lord Acton, Lee gave an expanded and more reflective explanation for his decision, saying he fought for the constitutional rights of the states against the ...
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