U. S. Grant

American Hero, American Myth

By Joan Waugh
(University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9780807833179, 373pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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At the time of his death, Ulysses S. Grant was the most famous person in America, considered by most citizens to be equal in stature to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Yet today his monuments are rarely visited, his military reputation is overshadowed by that of Robert E. Lee, and his presidency is permanently mired at the bottom of historical rankings. In U. S. Grant, Joan Waugh investigates Grant's place in public memory and the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown while simultaneously underscoring the fluctuating memory of the Civil War itself.
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