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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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The next year Roland garnered the William Woods Hassler Award from the Civil War Education Association for “exceptionally meritorious contributions” to the field of Civil War studies. Much of Roland's success, and his reputation as one ...
Cane fields were littered with rottenness. Desolation brooded over the plantation country.” Louisiana sugar growers saw no future for themselves or their cash crop in a world without slaves. “Bred in this conviction,” Roland explained, ...
(1961) they cited Roland's Louisiana Sugar Plantations as “a pioneer work” in the generally ignored field of southern agricultural history. 11 Grounded on research in plantation records, journals, diaries, and parish archives, ...
“In a field,” he adds, “where new books appear at a staggering rate, even superior studies seldom retain preeminence for more than a few years. Roland's life of Johnston is an exception.” 39 And through the years Roland has continued to ...
Early in his career Simkins sympathized openly with African Americans, at one point preferring to serve as a field researcher for Carter G. Woodson's Association for the Study of Negro Life and History rather than teaching at a college ...
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