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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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 Historian In the Beginning A Citizen Soldier Recalls World War II In Retrospect Part Two: Secession and the Civil War Why the War Came Louisiana and Secession The Resort to Arms A Slaveowner's Defense of Slavery Louisiana Sugar ...
Narrating the Confederacy's rise and fall, Roland underscored the complex factors that led to secession, the strengths and weaknesses of Confederate nationalism, and the ultimate causes of the South's defeat.
... since the era of secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction.” 68 Unquestionably, Roland added new factual material, fresh bibliographical citations, and analyses that brought Simkins's 1947 text in line with 1970s-era scholarship.
... Identity,” described Lee as “a marvelously gifted soldier and an ardently devoted patriot, yet he defended the most unacceptable of American causes, secession and slavery, and he suffered the most un-American of experiences, defeat.
“This denial,” Roland explains, “coupled with Lincoln's rejection of any compromise on the issue, convinced the citizens of the Deep South that their only protection lay in secession, a decision that brought the war.
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