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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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... region's unique combination of political, religious, cultural, ethnic, and social traits, reinforced as they are by geography and history, myth and folklore, and convention and inertia, will for a good while yet keep it distinctive.
One of the bitter ironies of the history of slavery is that the efforts made in the United States constitutional convention to abolish the overseas slave trade were defeated by opposition from a coalition of delegates from the states of ...
He was a member of the U.S. constitutional convention, but he refused to sign the document and opposed the ratification of it by his state. Hear one of the reasons that he gave for his opposition: “The majority [northerners] will be ...
Ten years earlier the state legislature had refused as much as the gesture of sending delegates to the Nashville Convention, a gathering designed by John C. Calhoun to crystallize southern sectional awareness and political cohesiveness, ...
... the dominant Slidell sector of the Democratic party—the very sector that earlier had helped stage a southern bolt from the national Democratic convention in Charleston and the subsequent formation of the Breckinridge party—that.
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