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The Presidency:U.S. Grant and the Crisis of Reconstruction

President Ulysses S. Grant

President Ulysses S. Grant

Washington, DC
Sunday, May 4, 2014

We hear from UCLA historian Joan Waugh about the different kind of fight that Ulysses S. Grant waged after the Civil War -- his struggle as a military officer and as president to enact Abraham Lincoln's vision for Reconstruction and desire for reconciliation with the South. Waugh -- author of "U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth" -- also discusses Grant's later years and his contemporary reputation. 

Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:25am (ET)

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