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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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For example, Roland described the sugar planters as “men of sound wit who tempered their lives with vigorous play, set the pace for the area in which they lived, and made the plantation ideal supreme.” In 1862, as Federal armies ...
“Had Johnston lived,” Roland concluded, “he doubtless would have emerged from Shiloh with vastly enhanced prestige, regardless of the outcome of that contest, for he demonstrated there that he had the will and courage to fight, ...
Even after the overturn of Jim Crow, Roland insisted, “the vast majority of the members of the two races lived as far apart in the 1970s as they had in the 1940s. Possibly they lived farther apart.” “Paradoxically,” Roland added, “where ...
According to the author, the Vanderbilt Agrarians “lived in a South that was significantly behind the rest of the nation according to every measure of progress: a South that yet preserved a great body of its traditional beliefs and ...
I was born there two years later; our family lived there until I was three. My memories of life in Maury City are, of course, too dim to be reliable. According to community lore, one of the more sensational of these experiences occurred ...
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