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Ulysses S. Grant

Data de nascimento: 27. Abril 1822
Data de falecimento: 23. Julho 1885

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Ulysses S. Grant foi o 18.º Presidente dos Estados Unidos da América . Como General Comandante, Grant esteve ao lado do Presidente Abraham Lincoln liderando o Exército da União na vitória contra a Confederação durante a Guerra de Secessão. Implementou a chamada Reconstrução dos Estados Unidos, muitas vezes em desacordo com o sucessor de Lincoln, Andrew Johnson. Eleito por duas vezes presidente, Grant levou os Republicanos a apagar os vestígios do nacionalismo confederado e da escravatura, protegeu os cidadãos afro-americanos, e deu apoio à prosperidade económica por toda a nação. A sua presidência repetidamente alvo de críticas por tolerar a corrupção, e o seu segundo mandato como presidente levou o país a uma grave depressão económica.

Grant formou-se em 1843 na Academia Militar dos Estados Unidos em West Point, e prestou serviço na Guerra Mexicano-Americana, retirando-se em 1854. Durante a sua vida civil, passou por dificuldades financeiras. Quando a Guerra Civil começou em 1861, juntou-se, de novo, ao Exército dos Estados Unidos. Em 1862, Grant ficou responsável pelo Kentucky e grande parte do Tennessee, e levou a as forças da União à vitória na Batalha de Shiloh, ganhando a reputação de comandante agressivo. Durante o conflito, incorporou escravos afro-americanos no esforço da guerra. Em Julho de 1863, depois de várias batalhas, Grant derrotou os exércitos Confederados e cercou Vicksburg, dando o controlo do rio Mississípi à União ao dividir a Confederação em dois. Depois das suas vitórias durante a Campanha de Chattanooga, Lincoln promoveu-o a tenente-general, e a Comandante General dos Estados Unidos em Março de 1864. Grant ficou frente-a-frente com Robert E. Lee em várias batalhas sangrentas, cercando o exército deste na defesa de Richmond. Grant coordenou uma série de campanhas devastadoras em outros locais. Em Abril de 1865, Lee rendeu-se a Grant na Batalha de Appomattox, pondo termo à guerra. A maioria dos historiadores elogiam o génio militar de Grant, e as suas estratégias fazem parte dos livros sobre estratégia militar, mas alguns acham que ele obtinha as suas vitórias por via da força bruta e não de uma estratégia superior.

Despois da Guerra Civil, Grant liderou o a supervisão do exército da Reconstrução nos ex-estados Confederados. Eleito presidente em 1868, e reeleito em 1872, Grant conseguiu estabilizar o estado da nação durante os agitados anos da Reconstrução, processou o Ku Klux Klan e reforçou as leis dos direitos civis e de votos com o apoio do exército e do Departamento de Justiça dos Estados Unidos. Com a ajuda do exército, construiu o Partido Republicano no Sul, com base nos cidadãso votantes negros, migrantes do Norte e apoiantes brancos Sulistas . Depois da privação de direitos de alguns ex-Confederados, os republicanos obtiveram maiorias e os afro-americanos foram eleitos para o Congresso e altos gabinetes de estado. No seu segundo mandato, as coligações republicanas do Sul dividiram-se e foram derrotadas uma a uma à medida que os redeemers retomavam o controlo pela violência. A política de relações pacíficas com os índios implementada por Grant, resultou numa redução inicial da violência nas fronteiras, mas ficou marcada pela Grande Guerra com os Sioux em 1876, na qual George Custer e o seu regimento foram mortos na Batalha de Little Bighorn. Ao longo da sua presidência, Grant teve de enfrentar acusações de corrupção nos gabinetes executivos, incluindo investigações do Congresso a duas secretarias.

No que respeita à política externa, Grant aumentou as relações comerciais e a influência da América, ao mesmo tempo que se mantinha em paz com o mundo. A sua administração resolveu com sucesso as reivindicações do ''Alabama'' junto da Grã-Bretanha, pondo um ponto final nas tensões da guerra. Grant evitou a guerra com a Espanha depois do Caso Virginius, mas o Congresso rejeitou a sua tentativa de anexação da República Dominicana. Na política comercial, a administração de Grant implementou o padrão-ouro e procurou fortalecer o dólar. A sua resposta ao Pânico de 1873 trouxe algum alívio financeiro aos bancos de Nova Iorque, mas não conseguiu travar a depressão de cinco anos que fez aumentar o desemprego, baixar preços, baixar os lucros e as falências. Ao deixar a presidência em 1877, embarcou numa viagem à volta do mundo que durou dois anos.

Em 1880, Grant não conseguiu obter apoio dos republicanos para um terceiro mandato. Face a sérios reveses financeiros e a morrer de cancro da garganta, escreveu as suas memórias, obtendo uma boa recepção da crítica e boas vendas. A sua morte em 1885 deu origem a um sentimento de uma unidade nacional. As avaliações dos presidentes feitas pelos historiadores foram negativas até à década de 1980. Os académicos colocam a presidência de Grant abaixo da média de outros presidentes. Os seus críticos avaliam negativamente a sua gestão económica e o tratado de anexação da República Dominicana, enquanto os seus admiradores destacam a sua preocupação pelos [[Povos nativos dos Estados Unidos |Nativos Americanos]] e da defesa dos direitos de voto e civis.

Citações Ulysses S. Grant

„That is, by arming the negro we have added a powerful ally. They will make good soldiers and taking them from the enemy weaken him in the same proportion they strengthen us.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: That is, by arming the negro we have added a powerful ally. They will make good soldiers and taking them from the enemy weaken him in the same proportion they strengthen us. I am therefore most decidedly in favor of pushing this policy to the enlistment of a force sufficient to hold all the South falling into our hands and to aid in capturing more.

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„There had to be an end of slavery.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: 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. 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.

„Keep the church and the state forever separate.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar of money shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian school. Resolve that neither the state nor nation, or both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford every child growing up in the land the opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, Pagan, or Atheistical tenets. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separate. With these safeguards, I believe the battles which created the Army of the Tennessee will not have been fought in vain.

„Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting. After the conversation had run on in this style for some time, General Lee called my attention to the object of our meeting, and said that he had asked for this interview for the purpose of getting from me the terms I proposed to give his army. I said that I meant merely that his army should lay down their arms, not to take them up again during the continuance of the war unless duly and properly exchanged. He said that he had so understood my letter. Ch. 67.

„The war has made us a nation of great power and intelligence.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: The war has made us a nation of great power and intelligence. We have but little to do to preserve peace, happiness and prosperity at home, and the respect of other nations. Our experience ought to teach us the necessity of the first; our power secures the latter.

„I do not pretend to sustain the order.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: I do not pretend to sustain the order. At the time of its publication I was insensed by a reprimand recieved from Washington for permitting acts which the Jews, within my lines, were engaged in.

„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.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: 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. Conclusion

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„I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside. Terms of surrender, given to General Robert E. Lee after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse (9 April 1865).

„I have given the subject of arming the negro my hearty support. This, with the emancipation of the negro, is the heavyest blow yet given the Confederacy. The South rave a greatdeel about it and profess to be very angry.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: I have given the subject of arming the negro my hearty support. This, with the emancipation of the negro, is the heavyest blow yet given the Confederacy. The South rave a greatdeel about it and profess to be very angry. But they were united in their action before and with the negro under subjec­tion could spare their entire white population for the field. Now they complain that nothing can be got out of their negroes.

„It is a subject for congratulation that the great Empire of Brazil has taken the initiatory step toward the abolition of slavery. Our relations with that Empire, always cordial, will naturally be made more so by this act.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: It is a subject for congratulation that the great Empire of Brazil has taken the initiatory step toward the abolition of slavery. Our relations with that Empire, always cordial, will naturally be made more so by this act. It is not too much to hope that the Government of Brazil may hereafter find it for its interest, as well as intrinsically right, to advance toward entire emancipation more rapidly than the present act contemplates.

„Slavery was an institution that required unusual guarantees for its security wherever it existed; and in a country like ours where the larger portion of it was free territory inhabited by an intelligent and well-to-do population, the people would naturally have but little sympathy with demands upon them for its protection.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: Slavery was an institution that required unusual guarantees for its security wherever it existed; and in a country like ours where the larger portion of it was free territory inhabited by an intelligent and well-to-do population, the people would naturally have but little sympathy with demands upon them for its protection. Hence the people of the South were dependent upon keeping control of the general government to secure the perpetuation of their favorite institution. They were enabled to maintain this control long after the States where slavery existed had ceased to have the controlling power, through the assistance they received from odd men here and there throughout the Northern States. They saw their power waning, and this led them to encroach upon the prerogatives and independence of the Northern States by enacting such laws as the Fugitive Slave Law. By this law every Northern man was obliged, when properly summoned, to turn out and help apprehend the runaway slave of a Southern man. Northern marshals became slave-catchers, and Northern courts had to contribute to the support and protection of the institution.

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„In this connection I advise such legislation as will forever preclude the enslavement of the Chinese upon our soil“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: Through the agency of a more enlightened policy than that heretofore pursued toward China, largely due to the sagacity and efforts of one of our own distinguished citizens, the world is about to commence largely increased relations with that populous and hitherto exclusive nation. As the United States have been the initiators in this new policy, so they should be the most earnest in showing their good faith in making it a success. In this connection I advise such legislation as will forever preclude the enslavement of the Chinese upon our soil under the name of coolies, and also prevent American vessels from engaging in the transportation of coolies to any country tolerating the system. I also recommend that the mission to China be raised to one of the first class.

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

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: 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. To Isaac N. Morris (1868), as quoted in The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: July 1, 1868–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.

„Treat the negro as a citizen and a voter, as he is and must remain, and soon parties will be divided, not on the color line, but on principle.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: Under existing conditions the negro votes the Republican ticket because he knows his friends are of that party. Many a good citizen votes the opposite, not because he agrees with the great principles of state which separate parties, but because, generally, he is opposed to negro rule. This is a most delusive cry. Treat the negro as a citizen and a voter, as he is and must remain, and soon parties will be divided, not on the color line, but on principle. Then we shall have no complaint of sectional interference.

„The South claimed the sovereignty of States, but claimed the right to coerce into their confederation such States as they wanted, that is, all the States where slavery existed. They did not seem to think this course inconsistent. The fact is, the Southern slave-owners believed that, in some way, the ownership of slaves conferred a sort of patent of nobility—a right to govern independent of the interest or wishes of those who did not hold such property. They convinced themselves, first, of the divine origin of the institution and, next, that that particular institution was not safe in the hands of any body of legislators but themselves.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant
Context: The winter of 1860-1 will be remembered by middle-aged people of to-day as one of great excitement. South Carolina promptly seceded after the result of the Presidential election was known. Other Southern States proposed to follow. In some of them the Union sentiment was so strong that it had to be suppressed by force. Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky and Missouri, all Slave States, failed to pass ordinances of secession; but they were all represented in the so-called congress of the so-called Confederate States. The Governor and Lieutenant-Governor of Missouri, in 1861, Jackson and Reynolds, were both supporters of the rebellion and took refuge with the enemy. The governor soon died, and the lieutenant-governor assumed his office; issued proclamations as governor of the State; was recognized as such by the Confederate Government, and continued his pretensions until the collapse of the rebellion. The South claimed the sovereignty of States, but claimed the right to coerce into their confederation such States as they wanted, that is, all the States where slavery existed. They did not seem to think this course inconsistent. The fact is, the Southern slave-owners believed that, in some way, the ownership of slaves conferred a sort of patent of nobility—a right to govern independent of the interest or wishes of those who did not hold such property. They convinced themselves, first, of the divine origin of the institution and, next, that that particular institution was not safe in the hands of any body of legislators but themselves. Ch. 16.

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