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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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Roland sought to write an objective, fair-minded account of the man whom Jefferson Davis and many others considered to be one of the greatest military minds in the new Confederacy. Because Johnston fell so early in the war, ...
... parted sound scholarship and exposition from superficiality and jargon. His lectures—whether formal in the classroom or casual 'under the campus oaks'—have kindled the minds of thousands of students. The keenness of his intellect, the.
66 Roland made clear that he subscribed fully to Simkins's argument that the South was distinctive—“a region with a mind and culture of its own”—what in 1947 his mentor had termed “a cultural province conscious of its identity.
absent second-in-command, Vice President Alexander Stephens, “was a man of diminutive and sickly body and wizened countenance, but with a keen and comprehensive mind.” Roland characterized Confederate general Robert E. Lee as “the ...
She was quick of mind and tongue, and was said to have been a pretty girl and a light-footed dancer in her youth. We grandchildren called our Paysinger grandparents Ma and Pa because an older cousin had done so.
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