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U.S. Grant - American Hero, American Myth (Hardcover) Loot Price: R643
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U.S. Grant - American Hero, American Myth (Hardcover): Joan Waugh

U.S. Grant - American Hero, American Myth (Hardcover)

Joan Waugh

Series: Civil War America

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This title presents the biography and legacy of the Civil War general and eighteenth U.S. President. 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 an insightful blend of biography and cultural history, Joan Waugh traces Grant's shifting national and international reputation, illuminating the role of memory in our understanding of American history. She captures a sense of what led nineteenth-century Americans to overlook Grant's obvious faults and hold him up as a critically important symbol of national reconciliation and unity. Waugh further shows that Grant's reputation and place in public memory closely parallel the rise and fall of the northern version of the Civil War story - in which the United States was the clear, morally superior victor and Grant was the symbol of that victory. After the failure of Reconstruction, the dominant Union myths about the war gave way to a southern version that emphasized a more sentimental remembrance of the honor and courage of both sides and ennobled the 'Lost Cause'. By the 1920s, Grant's reputation had plummeted. Most Americans today are unaware of how revered Grant was in his lifetime. Joan Waugh uncovers the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown, underscoring as well the fluctuating memory of the Civil War itself.


Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Civil War America
Release date: October 2009
First published: November 2009
Authors: Joan Waugh
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 376
ISBN-13: 978-0-8078-3317-9
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
LSN: 0-8078-3317-7
Barcode: 9780807833179

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