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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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Weaver also credited Roland with contributing “significantly to the understanding of the grim tragedy suffered by this gay and colorful region.” While historian Raleigh A. Suarez of McNeese State College considered Roland's book “a ...
Concentrating troops from throughout the region, Johnston began a bold counteroffensive, mobilizing a large army with hopes of catching Grant's divided Federal army by surprise just across the Tennessee line at Pittsburg Landing on the ...
... the Civil War, and the Old South, during his tenure at Kentucky Roland expanded the range of his publications to include a sweeping survey of southern history, a more limited interpretive study of the region's history since 1945, ...
In 1963 he reflected on his mentor: “His books and essays have enriched the literature on the region. His scalpel book reviews have dissected scores of writings about the South, and have cleanly parted sound scholarship and exposition ...
... most insightful, and most brilliantly written single volume history ever produced on the region. ... South as “a cultural province conscious of its identity,” a self-concept of regional distinctiveness shaped largely by slavery and, ...
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