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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

MYSTERY QUOTE #106





“... at a time of unbridled racism and the post-slavery corruptions of Reconstruction, the shy Ohioan fought fiercely as president to affirm the political rights of African-Americans. He also sought a better Indian policy, battled voter suppression, and demonized the Ku Klux Klan.”

Hint: It is a quote from a recent book review in USA Today. And it is not President Abraham Lincoln. 


US GRANT

In the 10/10/17 issue of USA Today, book reviewer Matt Damsker describes the surprisingly heroic President Ulysses S. Grant. Acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow in a thousand page biography debunks the “conventional wisdom” that Grant was a drunken, inept and corrupt general and then president. Chernow notes, among other things, that the great Frederick Douglass called Grant “the vigilant, firm, impartial and wise protector of my race.”

The emergence of Chernow’s Grant, revealing that this Union General and U.S. President took heroic and important stands, exposes the fact that the defenders of slavery, despite losing the Civil War, have for the past hundred years dominated the gross rewrite of that key portion of U.S. history. In 1948 Grant was ranked as the second lowest President. Chernow’s book should help Grant’s stature rise to the top rank.  At a time when issues such as Confederate Generals’ statues and their role in our society have become hot button issues, the exposure of the Big Lie regarding Confederate Generals’ alleged “nobility” and Grant’s alleged “sorriness” will provide welcome truth to the struggle for freedom and justice in the USA and beyond.
—the Editor 
 
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