February 18, 2020

“The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant:  Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy” – Dr. Paul Kahan

February 18, 2020

In The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy, historian Paul Kahan explores the unique political, economic, and cultural forces unleashed by the Civil War and how Grant addressed these issues during his tumultuous two terms as chief executive. A timely reassessment, The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant sheds new light on the business of politics in the decade after the Civil War and portrays an energetic and even progressive executive whose legacy has been overshadowed by both his wartime service and his administration’s many scandals. 

Dr. Paul Kahan is an expert on the political, diplomatic, and economic history of the United States in the nineteenth century. He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Temple University. Prior to that, Dr. Kahan earned an M.A. in Modern American History & Literature from Drew University and B.A.s in history and English from Alfred University. 

Dr. Kahan has published several books, including “Eastern State Penitentiary: A History,” “Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War,” “The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy,” and “The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance.”