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Ulysses S. Grant Died 130 Years Ago. Racists Hate Him, But Historians No Longer Do.

Ulysses S. Grant Died 130 Years Ago. Racists Hate Him, But Historians No Longer Do.

The Huffington Post ^ | 23rd July 2015 | Nick Baumann

Posted on 7/24/2015, 5:30:32 PM by the scotsman

‘After Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died 130 years ago today, a million and a half Americans watched his funeral procession. His mausoleum was a popular tourist attraction in New York City for decades. But for most of the 20th Century, historians and non-historians alike believed Grant was corrupt, drunken and incompetent, that he was one of the country’s worst presidents, and that as a general, he was more lucky than good.

A generation of historians, led by Columbia’s William A. Dunning, criticized Grant for backing Reconstruction, the federal government’s attempt to protect the rights of black southerners in the 1860s and early 1870s. Black people, some Dunning school historians suggested, were unsuited for education, the vote, or holding office. Grant’s critics were “determined the Civil War would be interpreted from the point of view of the Confederacy,” said John F. Marszalek, a historian and executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. “The idea that Grant would do things that would ensure citizenship rights for blacks was just awful and so he had to be knocked down.”

Grant’s “presidency was basically seen as corrupt, and it took place during Reconstruction, which was seen as basically the lowest point of American history,” said Eric Foner, a civil war historian at Columbia University. “Whatever Grant did to protect former slaves was naïveté or worse.”

In recent decades, that’s all changed. The Grant you learned about in school isn’t the one your kids will read about in their textbooks. And that’s because historians are in the midst of a broad reassessment of Grant’s legacy. In just nine years, between 2000 and 2009, Grant jumped 10 spots in a C-SPAN survey of historians’ presidential rankings, from 33rd to 23rd — a bigger jump than any other president.’

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