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A man too broad for prejudice, too humane to despise the humblest, too great to be small at any point. In him the Negro found a protector, the Indian a friend, a vanquished foe a brother, an imperiled nation a savior.–Frederick Douglass, funeral eulogy, 1885.
Born April 27, 1822, Ulysses S. Grant is one of America’s least appreciated historical figures but one of the most relevant to today.
Anyone can find inspiration in the story of how a quiet young man rose from obscurity to leader of victorious armies and our nation’s eighteenth president. And in a time committed to forming a more perfect union, Grant offers an unparalleled example of achievement and service to his country.
Grant Takes on the Klan
By HW Brands
“Let us have peace,” Grant said on accepting the Republican nomination for president in 1868….But not peace at any price: He insisted that the South recognize the old ways were dead. Former slaves must be accepted as citizens and accorded the rights of citizens.
Grant won the Civil War not just through superior men and materiel but through battlefield genius. His presidency was a unique time of hope and promise for freedom and civil rights not seen again until the following century. And his memoirs are considered one of the great works of American literature.
This website will help you learn more about Ulysses S. Grant and the love of his life, his wife Julia Dent Grant.