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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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According to Cornish, “Professor Roland labors his argument, belabors Lee's critics, and wears the reader down with ... Roland's essay with foreshadowing and demolishing much late twentieth-century criticism of Lee's generalship.
... army with hopes of catching Grant's divided Federal army by surprise just across the Tennessee line at Pittsburg Landing on the west bank of the Tennessee River. 32 Roland agreed with Johnston's critics that by delaying his attack.
Roland agreed with Johnston's critics that by delaying his attack until April 6 he committed “another strategic miscalculation.” Nonetheless, the historian defended the general, explaining that as an officer in World War II he had ...
University of Maryland's David S. Sparks complimented Roland for “rescuing Johnston from his over-zealous friends, as well as from his severest critics.” This “called for meticulous scholarship, discriminating judgment, and a thorough ...
39 And through the years Roland has continued to defend Johnston from critics, such as historian James Lee ... Certainly there is room for criticism, and every student of Johnston's operations is entitled to his own conclusions.
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