Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant
Publication Date: October 2001
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First elected President in 1869, Grant's two presidential terms focused on reconstruction, further stabilizing the nation socially, politically, and economically following the end of the Civil War. His government successfully passed the Fifteenth Amendment, protecting voting rights for Africa-American citizens, pursued an Indian peace policy and created the Board of Indian Commissioners, and shut down the Whiskey Ring, recovering over $3 million in embezzled federal taxes. Grant died of cancer in 1885 and is interred at New York's Riverside Park in Grant's Tomb.
Elizabeth Long is an associate professor of sociology at Rice University. She is the author of "The American Dream and the Popular Novel and the editor of "From Sociology to Cultural Studies.