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Grant's Background (03:37)


Ulysses S. Grant freed his only slave in March 1859; Grant would become a Union general and a U.S. president. Grant was born in 1822. He entered West Point, became engaged to Julia Dent, and went to war.

Grant's Reputation (02:21)

Grant was a regimental quarter master during the Mexican-American War. He and Dent married in 1848 and had a child two years later. Grant was stationed in California and resigned in 1854 after accusations of inebriation.

Civil War (03:59)

Grant moved through a succession of jobs in White Haven before moving to Illinois. In April 1861, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter and Grant received a commission as a colonel. In 1862, Grant and his men defeated Confederate troops at Fort Donelson; the Battle of Shiloh was costly for the Union and Confederacy.

Union Hero (03:36)

In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. In 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant. President Lincoln was assassinated; President Johnson and Grant became enemies. Grant ran for president in 1868 and won.

President Grant (03:43)

During Reconstruction, civil rights for African Americans was a central issue. White supremacy groups attacked African Americans and Grant passed legislation allowing the federal government to fight the KKK. Grant won reelection in 1872 but his popularity declined; violence surged in the South.

Grant's Retirement and Death (03:32)

In 1877, Grant and his family settled in Manhattan. In 1884, Grant showed the first signs of cancer and wrote his memoirs; he died on July 23, 1885. The fight for African American equality would continue.

Credits: Grant (01:39)

Credits: Grant

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This feature documentary showcases Grant—the man, rather than the legend. Within ten years, Grant’s life takes a stunning turn from a father struggling to make a living to the general who won the Civil War. Grant would later become the 18th president of the United States. It was his early years that defined Grant. He was a man with no money and no prospects. In 1859, at age 37, Grant made a choice to free his only slave rather than sell him for profit. Before anyone had heard of U.S. Grant, the man who would become a great general was already a man of courage and principle. While other Union generals refused African-American soldiers, General Grant valued their contributions and accepted all he could. When many in both North and South turned away from African-American equality after the Civil War, President Grant kept on fighting—as he did throughout the war. Grant lobbied Congress to pass the 15th Amendment, forever giving African-Americans the right to vote.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL155272

Copyright date: ©2015

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