Friday, May 16, 2014

Anatomy of the Decline of an Historical Figure

From afar foreigners must wonder why we seem to revere Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, etc. more than the man who brought the victory - Ulysses S. Grant.  Indeed between one to 1.5 million people went to his funeral, but today he is more remembered as a drunk and an unsuccessful president.  Here is a great WashPost article you might share with your students as you ponder why and who makes it into history books and who ultimately is responsible for the legacy of American icons. 

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