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Ulysses Simpson Grant

Data di nascita: 27. Aprile 1822
Data di morte: 23. Luglio 1885

Ulysses Simpson Grant, all'anagrafe Hiram Ulysses Grant , è stato un generale e politico statunitense.

Fu generale unionista nella Guerra di secessione americana e 18º Presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America . Fu un generale di successo, eroe e tra i principali artefici della vittoria nordista nella guerra di secessione, mentre è considerato da molti storici come uno dei peggiori presidenti statunitensi, a capo di un'amministrazione afflitta da gravi scandali e corruzione. Gli storici concordano che Grant non fu corrotto, ma lo furono i suoi subordinati nelle posizioni esecutive. Grant è in genere criticato per non aver preso una posizione decisa contro la corruzione e non aver agito per fermarla. La sua presidenza risentì, inoltre, della grave depressione economica del 1873, che proseguì anche durante il suo secondo mandato. Al termine della sua Presidenza, i conservatori sudisti ripresero il controllo di tutti gli stati del Sud e ciò causò il totale fallimento delle politiche per i diritti civili dei neri.

Militare di carriera, diplomatosi nella celebre Accademia Militare degli Stati Uniti di West Point, si distinse nella Guerra messicana. Durante la guerra civile americana guidò le truppe federali in una fondamentale serie di successi lungo il Teatro Occidentale, culminati con la presa di Vicksburg che concludeva vittoriosamente l'omonima campagna. Assicurato all'Unione il pieno controllo del Mississippi e tagliata in due la Confederazione, Grant si sposto sul Teatro Orientale e, alla fine del 1863, il Presidente Abraham Lincoln lo nominò luogotenente generale e comandante di tutti gli eserciti dell'Unione. Come comandante generale dell'esercito, Grant fronteggiò e sconfisse il temuto Generale Lee dopo una serie di sanguinose battaglie concluse con l'Assedio di Petersburg. Nell'aprile 1865 Lee si arrese a Grant ad Appomattox ponendo de facto fine alla guerra di secessione. La maggior parte degli storici è concorde nel riconoscere la grandezza del genio militare di Grant, sebbene le forze confederate lo denunciassero come un macellaio senza scrupoli.

Come presidente, promosse la ricostruzione del paese, facendo rispettare le leggi sui diritti civili e lottando contro la violenza del Ku Klux Klan da lui sciolto nel 1871. Nel 1870 fece ratificare il XV emendamento, concedendo la protezione costituzionale per il diritto di voto degli afro-americani. Impiegò l'esercito per costruire il Partito Repubblicano nel Sud, sulla base di elettori neri, di immigrati del Nord e simpatizzanti bianchi del sud . Negli 8 anni di presidenza Grant, 14 deputati e 2 senatori entrarono a far parte del Congresso degli Stati Uniti.

In politica estera di Grant si distinse per il successo nell'arbitrato internazionale relativo alle Rivendicazioni dell'Alabama con le quali gli Stati Uniti riuscirono ad ottenere dalla Gran Bretagna un risarcimento per gli aiuti forniti alla Confederazione durante la guerra civile. Riuscì ad evitare la guerra con la Spagna dopo l'Affare Virginius, un contenzioso internazionale in cui gli Stati Uniti vennero accusati di favoreggiamento nel tentativo indipendentista cubano durante la Guerra dei dieci anni. Fallì invece il tentativo di Grant di annessione della Repubblica Dominicana.

Sul piano economico Grant fu totalmente incapace nel dare una risposta al Panico del 1873 e la grave depressione che ne seguì fu devastante per il paese. Dilagò la corruzione su larga scala nel settore pubblico. Nel 1875 scoppiò lo scandalo del Whiskey Ring, nel quale oltre 3 milioni di dollari di tasse furono sottratti al governo federale, il che danneggiò ulteriormente la sua reputazione. Nel 1880 tentò, senza successo, la corsa per un terzo mandato presidenziale.

Frasi Ulysses Simpson Grant

„I. The Jews, as a class, violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department, and also Department orders, are hereby expelled from the Department.
II. Within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order by Post Commanders, they will see that all of this class of people are furnished with passes and required to leave, and any one returning after such notification, will be arrested and held in confinement until an opportunity occurs of sending them out as prisoners unless furnished with permits from these Head Quarters.
III. No permits will be given these people to visit Head Quarters for the purpose of making personal application for trade permits.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

General Order Number 11 (17 December 1862); Abraham Lincoln on learning of this order drafted a note to his General-in-Chief of the Army, Henry Wager Halleck instructing him to rescind it. Halleck wrote to Grant:
It may be proper to give you some explanation of the revocation of your order expelling all Jews from your Dept. The President has no objection to your expelling traders & Jew pedlars, which I suppose was the object of your order, but as it in terms prescribed an entire religious class, some of whom are fighting in our ranks, the President deemed it necessary to revoke it.
1860s

„I'm not near the drinker some people would like to believe.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

North and South, Book II https://listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=ofQMGAatVJ8 (1986).
In fiction, <span class="plainlinks"> North and South, Book II http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090490/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast (1986)</span>

„I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

Origine: 1880s, Ch. 67.
Contesto: I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me, while I would more naturally remember him distinctly, because he was the chief of staff of General Scott in the Mexican War.
When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon the result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier's blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. When I went into the house I found General Lee. We greeted each other, and after shaking hands took our seats. I had my staff with me, a good portion of whom were in the room during the whole of the interview.
What General Lee's feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us.

„Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

Speech in London, as quoted in Memorial Life of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (1889) Edited by y Stephen Merrill Allen, p. 95.
1880s

„There had to be an end of slavery.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

To Otto von Bismarck in June 1878, as quoted in Around the World with General Grant http://www.granthomepage.com/grantslavery.htm (1879), by John Russell Young, The American News Company, New York, vol. 7, p. 416.
1870s
Contesto: There had to be an end of slavery. Then we were fighting an enemy with whom we could not make a peace. We had to destroy him. No convention, no treaty was possible. Only destruction.

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„Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

As quoted in "Campaigning with Grant" http://books.google.com/books?id=Y7TPAAAAMAAJ&q=&quot;Oh+I+am+heartily+tired+of+hearing+about+what+Lee+is+going+to+do+Some+of+you+always+seem+to+think+he+is+suddenly+going+to+turn+a+double+somersault+and+land+in+our+rear+and+on+both+of+our+flanks+at+the+same+time+Go+back+to+your+command+and+try+to+think+what+we+are+going+to+do+ourselves+instead+of+what+Lee+is+going+to+do&quot;&pg=PA230#v=onepage (December 1896), by General Horace Porter, The Century Magazine.
1860s
Contesto: Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.

„I have no prejudice against sect or race, but want each individual to be judged by his own merit.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

To Isaac N. Morris (1868), as quoted in The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: July 1, 1868&ndash;October 31, 1869 https://books.google.com/books?id=JXn2Bq8KpDEC&pg=PA37&dq=%22I+have+no+prejudice+against+sect+or+race,+but+want+each+individual+to+be+judged+by+his+own+merit.%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eucJVYHXK4SxggSXj4S4BQ&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false, by Ulysses S. Grant, p. 37. Also quoted in Grant http://books.google.com/books?id=TssAXSdPTi4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=GrantJean+E.+Smith&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MVrWU7qCI47lsATyroKADg&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=prejudice%20against%20sect&f=false (2001), by Jean Edward Smith, pp. 459–460.
1860s, Letter to Isaac N. Morris (1868)
Contesto: Give Mister Moses assurances that I have no prejudice against sect or race, but want each individual to be judged by his own merit. Order No. 11 does not sustain this statement, I amidt, but then I do not sustain that order. It never would have been issued if it had not been telegraphed the moment penned, without one moment's reflection.

„The present difficulty, in bringing all parts of the United States to a happy unity and love of country grows out of the prejudice to color. The prejudice is a senseless one, but it exists.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

Memorandum: Reasons why Santo Domingo should be annexed to the United States http://books.google.com/books?id=h2ETxC83sdsC&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&dq=%22and+he+would+soon+receive+such+recognition+as+to+induce+him+to+stay%22&source=bl&ots=0bCUbNud-b&sig=SUGBB2pV8Ob_jR_KTJvQ2kenxKM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=B-9kU7-8DtXesAT_4YGQBA&ved=0CDoQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22and%20he%20would%20soon%20receive%20such%20recognition%20as%20to%20induce%20him%20to%20stay%22&f=false (1869-1870?).
1860s
Contesto: Caste has no foothold in Santo Domingo. It is capable of supporting the entire colored population of the United States, should it choose to emigrate. The present difficulty, in bringing all parts of the United States to a happy unity and love of country grows out of the prejudice to color. The prejudice is a senseless one, but it exists. The colored man cannot be spared until his place is supplied, but with a refuge like San Domingo his worth here would soon be discovered, and he would soon receive such recognition to induce him to stay; or if Providence designed that the two races should not live to-gether he would find his home in the Antilles.

„The war was expensive to the South as well as to the North, both in blood and treasure, but it was worth all it cost.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

Origine: 1880s, Ch. 41.
Contesto: There was no time during the rebellion when I did not think, and often say, that the South was more to be benefited by its defeat than the North. The latter had the people, the institutions, and the territory to make a great and prosperous nation. The former was burdened with an institution abhorrent to all civilized people not brought up under it, and one which degraded labor, kept it in ignorance, and enervated the governing class. With the outside world at war with this institution, they could not have extended their territory. The labor of the country was not skilled, nor allowed to become so. The whites could not toil without becoming degraded, and those who did were denominated 'poor white trash.' The system of labor would have soon exhausted the soil and left the people poor. The non-slaveholders would have left the country, and the small slaveholder must have sold out to his more fortunate neighbor. Soon the slaves would have outnumbered the masters, and, not being in sympathy with them, would have risen in their might and exterminated them. The war was expensive to the South as well as to the North, both in blood and treasure, but it was worth all it cost.

„The war is over — the rebels are our countrymen again.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

Upon stopping his men from cheering after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House (9 April 1865).
1860s
Contesto: The war is over — the rebels are our countrymen again. The war is over, the Rebels are our countrymen again, and the best sign of rejoicing after the victory will be to abstain from all demonstrations in the field.

„The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United States will have to be attributed to slavery.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

Conclusion
1880s
Contesto: The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United States will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that 'A state half slave and half free cannot exist.' All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true.

„It occurred to me at once that Harris had been as much afraid of me as I had been of him. This was a view of the question I had never taken before; but it was one I never forgot afterwards. From that event to the close of the war, I never experienced trepidation upon confronting an enemy, though I always felt more or less anxiety. I never forgot that he had as much reason to fear my forces as I had his. The lesson was valuable.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

1880s
Contesto: As we approached the brow of the hill from which it was expected we could see Harris' camp, and possibly find his men ready formed to meet us, my heart kept getting higher and higher until it felt to me as though it was in my throat. I would have given anything then to have been back in Illinois, but I had not the moral courage to halt and consider what to do; I kept right on. When we reached a point from which the valley below was in full view I halted. The place where Harris had been encamped a few days before was still there and the marks of a recent encampment were plainly visible, but the troops were gone. My heart resumed its place. It occurred to me at once that Harris had been as much afraid of me as I had been of him. This was a view of the question I had never taken before; but it was one I never forgot afterwards. From that event to the close of the war, I never experienced trepidation upon confronting an enemy, though I always felt more or less anxiety. I never forgot that he had as much reason to fear my forces as I had his. The lesson was valuable.

Account of his effort as Colonel of the 21st Infantry of Illinois, to engage Confederate Colonel Thomas Harris in northern Missouri, Ch. 18.

„In some places colored laborers were compelled to vote according to the wishes of their employers, under threats of discharge if they acted otherwise; and there are too many instances in which, when these threats were disregarded, they were remorselessly executed by those who made them.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

I understand that the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution was made to prevent this and a like state of things, and the act of May 31, 1870, with amendments, was passed to enforce its provisions, the object of both being to guarantee to all citizens the right to vote and to protect them in the free enjoyment of that right.
1870s, Sixth State of the Union Address (1874)

„General Burnside wanted to put his colored division in front, and I believe if he had done so it would have been a success.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

Still I agreed with General Meade as to his objections to that plan. General Meade said that if we put the colored troops in front, we had only one division, and it should prove a failure, it would then be said and very properly, that we were shoving these people ahead to get killed because we did not care anything about them. But that could not be said if we put white troops in front.
To the Committee on the Conduct of the War, as quoted in Battles and Leaders of the Civil War http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/books/battles/index.cfm (1884-1888), edited by Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence C. Buel, New York: Century Co., Volume 4, p. 548.

„The United States should always be prepared to put down such demonstrations promptly and with severe consequences for the guilty“

—  Ulysses S. Grant

1870s, Letter to Daniel Ammen (1877)
Contesto: For the last eight weeks I have seen but few American papers, and am consequently behind in home news. The foreign papers, however, have been full of the great railroad strike, and no doubt exaggerated it, bad as it was. The United States should always be prepared to put down such demonstrations promptly and with severe consequences for the guilty. I hope good may come out of this, in pointing out the necessity for having the proper remedy at hand in case of need. 'An ounce of preservation is worth a pound of cure'.

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