Over the past fifty years, scholars have come to assess the career of Ulysses S. Grant more sympathetically than was once the case. Earlier treatments of both his military and political life were filled with corrosive epithets; contemporary studies, however, emphasize his dogged pursuit of justice for African Americans during Reconstruction, and his attempts to reform and humanize government Indian policy. This course will trace the lengthy and devoted service of an unfairly maligned figure in American history.
Mick Chantler has been an instructor of American studies for over 40 years. He currently teaches at several Bay Area OLLIs including CSU Sonoma, Dominican, Santa Clara, and Berkeley. His primary interests include the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.