Thursday, October 14, 2004

Ulysses S. Grant Association

Ulysses S. Grant Association - Includes chronological collection of biographical information, pictures, and media clips. This is a nicely done site!

From the site:

Victories in the Civil War made Ulysses S. Grant a national figure and propelled him into the White House. Until recently, however, historians and biographers have found him to be an elusive and controversial subject. For decades basic documents necessary to understand this complex figure--Grant's correspondence, military and government papers, and other important materials--remained scattered in libraries, archives, and private collections. Now, the Ulysses S. Grant Association is assembling these documents in an edition that presents authentic texts to the general public as well as to specialists.

In 1962, the Civil War Centennial Commissions of Illinois, New York, and Ohio established the Ulysses S. Grant Association and appointed John Y. Simon as editor. The Grant project began at the Ohio Historical Society, then moved to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1964. Over more than four decades, the Grant Association has collected copies of more than 200,000 Grant documents, making possible evaluations of his life and career based on documentary evidence.

With support from Southern Illinois University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Grant Association has published twenty-six volumes of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant that cover Grant's career through 1875. Work continues on chronological coverage of Grant documents, incorporating letters received by Grant with his own writings. Grant's presidential papers illuminate issues of politics, Reconstruction, frontier and military history, race relations, foreign policy, economic development, and nineteenth-century culture. Post-presidential papers open perspectives on Grant's 1877-79 world tour and triumphant return, a failed 1880 presidential bid, subsequent diplomatic and business ventures, and his final financial and personal challenges.

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