The American Experience: Ulysses Simpson Grant In The Pbs Documentary

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The American Experience: Ulysses Simpson Grant In the PBS documentary series "The American Experience", Ulysses S. Grant's life is profiled in what can be considered the most tumultuous period in U.S. history. The documentary takes four hours and two episodes to cover Grant from his boyhood to the end of the Civil War and through many battles as one of the U.S. Army's most celebrated military officers. It also explores Grant's road to the White House, as our 18th President of the United States and through the trials and traumas of his life.As depicted in the PBS documentary, which aired on the Alabama Public Television network, Grant was a quite man. He was a devoted husband and father. Grant also had a passion for horses and called his farm Hardscrabble because life on the ranch was some of the toughest times he had ever encountered as a youngster. Grant's father sent him to the United States Military Academy at West Point at the age of 16, but he was considered a failure. As the War Between the States broke out, Grant was called back to the Army and ironically it was the Army that later took him to the White House. He was not very fond of politics, public life or making speeches. In fact, one of his closest friends, William Tecumseh Sherman advised Grant that Washington would destroy him. The documentary shows how it nearly did.Grant campaigned for President using the slogan "Let Us Have Peace". However, peace was very hard to come by. He took over a post-war country plagued by racial problems, reconstruction and economic shortfalls, at the same time facing an industrial society and territorial expansion. Grant fought very hard for racial equality and was concerned about native American Indians, a difficult problem made worse by General George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Grant also experienced some harsh times in the White House as several scandals surfaced throughout his...

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