The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 23: February 1 - December 31, 1872
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BeschreibungNotified of his nomination for a second term in June, 1872, Ulysses S. Grant accepted, promising "the same zeal and devotion to the good of the whole people for the future of my official life, as shown in the past." Challenged by a coalition of disaffected Republicans and Democrats led by New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley, Grant was privately optimistic about his own chances. "There has been no time from the Baltimore Convention to this when I have felt the least anxiety. The Soreheads & thieves who have deserted the republican party have strengthened it by their departure." Despite his confidence. Grant found it difficult to ignore attacks against him-attacks that prudence prevented him from answering directly. He found vindication, however, on election day, when he carried all but six states. When Greeley died soon afterward, Grant set aside any bitterness and joined mourners at the New York City funeral.Among the policies that voters tacitly endorsed were Grants continuing efforts to quell violence in the South, which achieved some success during 1872. He sought as before to support and encourage embattled Southern Republicans, hoping eventually to replace military protection with political legitimacy. On the subject of civil rights, he repeated his desire that blacks receive equal treatment in everyday life, telling a delegation that "a ticket on a railroad or other conveyance should entitle you to all that it does other men."Grant also maintained a steady course toward Indians, defending his peace policy when many clamored for harsher measures."I do not believe our Creator ever placed different races of men on this earth with the view of having the stronger exert all hisenergies in exterminating the weaker." Protestant and Catholic missionaries and laymen continued to spread the twin gospels of religion and civilization among the various tribes. When a Sioux delegation visited the White House, Grant spoke of the future when "the game will
PortraitJohn Y. Simon is a professor of history, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has written or edited, in addition to the published volumes of the Grant Papers, four books, among which is "The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant."
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2000
Seitenanzahl: 560 Seiten