The story of how ex-Confederate ‘Redeemers’ used night riding terrorism to thwart Reconstruction needs to be better known, and Lemann tells it compellingly.
Yes, Ulysses S. Grant owned a slave. And his wife’s family in Missouri owned dozens. Yet historian Allen Guelzo has called Grant “America’s first civil rights president.”
An excellent introduction to Grant for a general reader, this book’s focus on how Grant helped avert a second Civil War at the end of his presidency is relevant for today and told engagingly by a surprisingly evenhanded Fox News anchor.
The U.S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis is hosting a temporary exhibit on Grant’s efforts to protect freed people in the South and his success in crushing America’s original domestic terrorists.