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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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2—a five-hundred-mile defensive perimeter from the Appalachians in the east to the western border of Arkansas. In Albert Sidney Johnston, Roland narrated Johnston's prewar career with a deft touch, blending description with judicious ...
Unlike Woodward, Roland argued that the Bourbons “sought defensive formulas for sectional interests in the catchwords of an earlier American liberalism, and thus became proclaimers of the archaic virtues of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian ...
Roland is more detached from the subject than Simkins was; accounts of race relations are no longer defensive or edgy. Roland is more cautious than Simkins in his generalizations. Simkins clearly understood the whites' resistance to ...
In prematurely assuming the defensive in the Kanawha Valley, he lost a chance of defeating [General William S.] Rosecrans there.” Lee returned to Richmond in late October as less than a conquering hero. His critics dubbed him “Granny” ...
But Roland insisted that had Lee adopted a strategy predicated on “the tactical defensive,” it “would have been a recipe for certain defeat. It would have surrendered the initiative to the enemy, permitting him to.
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