Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Ulysses S. Grant rose from obscurity to lead the Union to victory in the Civil War. Following the war, America turned to Grant to unite the country as president. Though he was an enormously popular president, within decades of his death his reputation was in tatters, the victim of Southerners who resented his policies on Reconstruction. In H.W. Brands' biography, Grant emerges as a heroic figure as Brands reconsiders Grant's legacy and provides an intimate portrait of a man who saved the Union on the battlefield and served the nation as a principled political leader.
H.W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times-bestselling author, he was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin and again for Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.The Elson Lectures feature scholarly addresses by our nation’s prominent historians and are made possible with generous funding from Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Elson.