Ulysses S. Grant and the Continuing Civil War, 1865-1885

Here’s the talk I gave Saturday night. Enjoy.

3 thoughts on “Ulysses S. Grant and the Continuing Civil War, 1865-1885

  1. Noma June 21, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    You covered an astounding amount of material in a very digestible fashion. Should be “required reading” for any course on Reconstruction.

    I particularly enjoyed your portrayal of Grant’s exact mood (33:00) when he lambasts Congress and the American people that 100 people can be massacred at Colfax, and the murderers go “unwhipped of justice.”

    The main item on my wish list, if this talk could have gone on for another 20 minutes, would be to hear you expand on your mention of the impact of the Panic of 1873 — when 9 our of 10 railroads in this country collapsed, and the common worker saw his wages reduced to 25% of what they had been.

  2. Sherree June 24, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Having just seen The Free State of Jones, I sincerely wish that Grant had broken Lee’ s sword over Lee’s head, so to speak, and ended it at Appomattox.

    The long waste of it all is insufferable at this point–especially with an election cycle before us like the one we are facing.

  3. chancery June 27, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed your excellent lecture. Looking forward to Volume 2 of your Grant biography.

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