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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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11 Grounded on research in plantation records, journals, diaries, and parish archives, Louisiana Sugar Plantations remained the standard work on the topic until C. Peter Ripley's Slaves and Freedmen in Civil War Louisiana appeared in ...
... idea of “the enduring South,” a concept, Roland explained, that ran through his mentor's successful textbook like a leitmotif.50 Well into the 1970s Simkins remained best known among scholars for his theme of “an everlasting South.
62 In his 1964 survey of southern history textbooks, Carl N. Degler noted that the third edition of Simkins's A History of the South, published a year before, included an additional chapter and that it remained an important and ...
Though the South changed over time, in 1972 Roland insisted that the “old landmarks of sectional distinctiveness remained clearly visible; the changes themselves came about in a manner that was peculiar ...
72 Roland was quick to note, however, that despite the South's economic surge, “it still remained in 1970 a poor cousin of the affluent American society.” In that year the differential between the region's and the nation's per capita ...
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