History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Overview

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appear in the following two sections, which include Roland's theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership.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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"History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History, articulates [Roland's] position clearly, lucidly, and with superior prose." — H-CivWar
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813138541
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents


Foreword   Brandon H. Beck     ix
Introduction: Charles P. Roland, Historian of the Civil War and the American South   John David Smith     1
The Man, The Soldier, The Historian
In the Beginning     57
A Citizen Soldier Recalls World War II     75
In Retrospect     89
Secession and the Civil War
Why the War Came     93
Louisiana and Secession     107
The Resort to Arms     117
A Slaveowner's Defense of Slavery     133
Louisiana Sugar Planters and the Civil War     147
Civil War Leadership
Albert Sidney Johnston and the Defense of the Confederate West     163
The Generalship of Robert E. Lee     175
Robert E. Lee and the Leadership of Character     207
Alan Nolan Considered: or Lee in Caricature     221
Lee and Jackson: An Indomitable Team     235
The South in Fact and in Myth
The South, America's Will-o'-the-Wisp Eden     253
The South of the Agrarians     269
Happy Chandler     285
Change and Tradition in Southern Society     303
The Ever-Vanishing South     319
Copyrights and Permissions     337
Index     339
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