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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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“By the summer of 1968,” he wrote, “blacks throughout the land possessed and, to a degree were exercising, the right to vote, hold office, and serve on juries; and to attend schools with whites, occupy jobs formerly reserved for whites, ...
Kirkendall noted that Roland “writes from a southern liberal's point of view”; he obviously welcomed the end of segregation and the rise of black voting “but does not wring his hands because the South is not totally new.
Before someone objects that Lane was simply a Democratic vice presidential candidate appealing for southern votes, permit me to present the other quotation. It was uttered in the U.S. Senate in February 1863, which I would remind you ...
The few blacks who were already there when the law was enacted were not citizens, could not vote, could not serve on juries, could not send their children to public schools. In only five northern states could blacks vote; these were New ...
blacks vote; these were New England states where there were virtually no blacks. Lincoln served repeatedly in the legislature of his state and one term in the U.S. Congress. His greatest claim to fame before becoming president sprang ...
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