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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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Over the course of his long career Roland also served as the Victor Hugo Friedman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Southern History at the University of Alabama (1977), as the Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Professor of Military ...
... a more limited interpretive study of the region's history since 1945, and several important essays on southern culture, identity, and economic and urban growth. At Kentucky he taught various courses on the Old and New South, ...
44 Roland of course had studied with the legendary Simkins at LSU and ranked as one of his foremost former doctoral students. The senior scholar, who died in 1966, had a long and distinguished career. He published, among other works, ...
Roland in fact taught his first course on the Civil War during the 1981–1982 academic year at Carlisle Barracks, repeating that course upon returning to Kentucky and later at West Point. Gradually his class lecture notes began to take ...
... through the Confederacy's rise and fall, and into Presidential and Radical Reconstruction. Along the way Roland put his own footprint on the interpretation of the war. It “forever changed the course of American history, ...
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