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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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It was to Lee's credit, Wills observed, that he altered his views regarding African Americans as the war ended and Reconstruction ensued. Yet Roland “seems troubled that Lee's beliefs about race leave the general open to modern ...
In 2003 Adams cited Roland's Reflections on Lee as an example of the tendency to interpret Lee as “a model American”—that Lee's “views were typical of the time.” In Adams's opinion, “to be a continuing American hero, we should ask ...
Indeed, northern views of the role of blacks in the American society were strikingly similar to southern views, though because blacks were relatively few in the North, the issue was obviously less urgent there. One of the reasons blacks ...
Almost as ironic as Lincoln's views were those of Congressman David Wilmot of Pennsylvania, whose proposal to exclude slavery from any territory wrested from Mexico in the war ...
Are we to believe that southerners were less capable than others of holding such exalted views? If the United States had been an absolute despotism, neither the spread of slavery nor the opposition to it would have caused a war.
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