From Tony LaRussa to Ulysses S. Grant

Now that we are on the eve of the World Series, I thought I’d point you in the direction of a chat group and allow you to follow a conversation on Tony LaRussa’s managing that at some point becomes a discussion of Ulysses S. Grant, complete with a reference to Grant scholarship.

6 thoughts on “From Tony LaRussa to Ulysses S. Grant

  1. Lyle Smith October 18, 2011 / 7:23 am

    SteveM, the grad student, made a statement about Grant “destroying” the KKK. That doesn’t seem like an accurate statement in light of the KKK’s later resurgence, and the fact that Reconstruction beget Jim Crow.

    The efficacy of Grant’s Reconstruction efforts were arguably ineffective. Is that wrong or right?

    • Brooks D. Simpson October 18, 2011 / 12:15 pm

      I happen to think that while Grant took steps to destroy the Reconstruction KKK organization, he was not nearly as successful when it came to other white supremacist terrorist organizations.

      The later KKK was “inspired’ by the Reconstruction KKK.

  2. Noma October 18, 2011 / 8:54 am

    That’s an amazing discussion.

    Best quote:

    “I like to think that over at USGrantThinkFactory, a conversation on Grant’s presidential term evolved into a discussion about Tony La Russa.”

  3. Mark October 18, 2011 / 4:52 pm

    What do you think of this comment in that thread below?

    “Some of the most genocidal statements ever written by American military leaders were addressed to President Grant by Gens. Sherman and Sheridan and IIRC Grant’s replies were NOT disapproving, nor were his policies which put those statements into practice.” Comment was on October 10, 2011 at 09:42 PM #3959020)

    I know that he was on icy terms with Sherman at certain points after the war, and I assumed much of it was over indian policy. But I don’t know about the merits of the comment I pasted above.

  4. Josey October 19, 2011 / 7:30 pm

    “Some of the most genocidal statements ever written by American military leaders were addressed to President Grant by Gens. Sherman and Sheridan and IIRC Grant’s replies were NOT disapproving, nor were his policies which put those statements into practice.” Comment was on October 10, 2011 at 09:42 PM #3959020)
    +1

    • Brooks D. Simpson October 20, 2011 / 9:05 am

      I am waiting for someone to document the claim. After all, the Grant papers are online. Neither Sherman nor Sheridan cared much for Grant’s Peace Policy.

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