The Bell Irvin Wiley Reader
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BeschreibungFor countless readers, the books of Bell Irvin Wiley (1906-1980) remain a high-water mark in historical writing on the American Civil War. The Life of Billy Yank, The Life of Johnny Reb, The Road to Appomattox, Southern Negroes, 1861-1865, all are classics in the field, and Wiley's influence on contemporary Civil War scholarship has been immeasurable. The Bell Irvin Wiley Reader offers for the first time many lesser known and unpublished writings of this eminent historian and provides an intimate portrait of the man Life magazine once hailed as "the nation's foremost authority of soldier life during the Civil War".Culled from a trove of 176 boxes of Wiley's personal papers at the Emory University archives, the selections in this collection present a broad cross-section of his work, both oral and written, and focus on the professor's favorite subjects. Among the documents are speeches and articles, such as "The Road to War", "Lincoln, Plain Man of the People", "Life on the Confederate Homefront", "The Collapse of the Confederacy", "American History and Racial Understanding", "Historians and the National Register", and "Why Teach the Civil War?" Also included are class lecture notes, one of Wiley's infamous final exams, and an oral history interview with the historian.Each piece reveals Wiley's immense talent as a historian, communicator, and educator as well as his continuing power to enlighten and inspire readers and students alike. Buttressed with an excellent introduction by editors Hill Jordan and J. H. Segars and with biographical notations and section introductions by James I. Robertson, Jr. -- one of Wiley's best students -- this anthology shows Wiley to be an enigma: adistinguished scholar who enjoyed the company of ordinary people; a staunch advocate for civil rights who would not agree to ease university admission standards for blacks; a master teacher who declined departmental chairmanships. He was, indeed, the uncommon "common man" of wh
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: LOUISIANA STATE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2001
Seitenanzahl: 332 Seiten