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Fri, Oct 19, 2018







1:40pm
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  Springtime in Paris  
(OLLI Class and Events)

The Rehabilitation of Ulysses S. Grant
Over the past fifty years, scholars have come to assess the career of Ulysses S. Grant more understandingly and sympathetically than was once the case. Earlier treatments of both his military and political life were filled with corrosive epithets like “corrupt,” “drunk,” and most cruelly of all, “butcher.” But since the 1960s, biographers and Civil War historians have tended to paint a more balanced view. The consensus today is that Grant was a first rate military commander—indeed, perhaps the only northern leader capable of breaking the stalemate in the East—and that as President he was far from the naïve incompetent depicted in earlier studies. Contemporary studies emphasize his dogged pursuit of justice for African Americans during Reconstruction, and his attempts (admittedly unsuccessful) to reform and humanize government Indian policy. This course will trace the lengthy and devoted service of an unfairly maligned figure in American history.
Mick Chantler, MA


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