Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant

John Y. Simon, Harold Holzer and Dawn Vogel

in Lincoln Revisited

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227365
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240869 | DOI:
Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant

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Abraham Lincoln has been rightly praised for eradicating slavery and saving the Union. However he was spared the agony of Reconstruction. Ulysses S. Grant picked up the burden and fought for Black equality. However by the late 1880s and 1890s, equality for African-Americans and the noble aims of Reconstruction took a back seat to reconciliation with the white South, racial segregation, and the systematic denial of the franchise to the Negro. In short, Grant was a casualty of white supremacy, the legacy of which endures to this day. Before drawing the contrast between presidential reputations, this chapter emphasizes the common ground on which Lincoln and Grant stood. For both men the conflict in 1861 was not a civil war, but a rebellion against the authority of the United States. Both Lincoln and Grant rested their case on the constitutional view of sovereignty established by the Marshall Court.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; slavery; Reconstruction; Ulysses S. Grant; African-Americans; equality; racial segregation; white supremacy; rebellion; sovereignty

Chapter.  3711 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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