As white Americans fell for southern Lost Cause propaganda after the Civil War, the largest group for Union veterans kept alive the memory of the moral cause of the war, while offering Black veterans respect and fellowship.
Grant did save the U.S. by defeating Lee. But it was after the war, as America’s first civil rights president, that Grant fought to make the Union worth saving and keeping.
This biggie from the author of “Hamilton” is worth the 1,000 pages, because busting myths about America’s top Civil War general and 18th president is key to solving our problems as a country today.
Pro-Confederate writers tried and, for a while, succeeded in convincing Americans both North and South that Grant was nothing special while casting shadows on the causes he stood for — union, emancipation and civil rights.