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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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His first book, Louisiana Sugar Plantations during the American Civil War (1957), examined the vicissitudes of life—for sugar planters as well as their slaves—during the war. Because historian J. Carlyle Sitterson had recently published ...
Louisiana sugar growers saw no future for themselves or their cash crop in a world without slaves. “Bred in this conviction,” Roland explained, the once proud sugar barons “permitted a priori condemnation to blind them to the ...
12 In 1996 Roland acknowledged that “the unavailability of contemporary slave accounts” constituted “the most ... This “deficiency,” he added, “robs the book of an adequate description of their [the slaves'] feelings and motivations.
and politics, the new and increasingly vital role of railroads, the use of cavalry in reconnaissance and as a protective screen, and the importance of replacing rearguard troops with slaves to maximize the number of effectives for the ...
The bondsmen and women found ways to circumvent the rigid slave codes. “Southern forests were too deep and nights too dark to prevent the slaves' moving about.” They learned to read and write, married, and maintained families.
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