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Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) commanded the Union army during the Civil War and later served as 18th president of the United States (1869–1877). Enormously popular in the North after the Union victory, he was elected to the presidency in 1868 and reelected in 1872. As president he led Reconstruction by signing and enforcing civil rights laws and fighting Ku Klux Klan violence. He helped rebuild the Republican party in the South, resulting in the election of African Americans to Congress ...

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was a distinguished New York lawyer. He was also a member of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

Alexander Hamilton was a distinguished New York lawyer; James Madison was one of many distinguished Virginians; John Jay was also a New York lawyer with wealthy and conservative associates in his state. Both Hamilton and Madison had been members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia; Jay, with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, had negotiated the Treaty of 1783 with Great Britain that had established the independence of the United States.

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David Hardin

David Hardin’s most recent book is After the War, in which he considers the lives and images of major Civil War figures after the shooting stopped. Mr. Hardin is a veteran newspaperman who grew up on the battlefield of Nashville, Tennessee. He has been a writer and editor at newspapers across the South, including those in Nashville, Raleigh, Savannah, Miami, Tampa, Jackson, and Huntsville,, Alabama. Among his national journalism awards is a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in the Huntsville area.

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Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl (1860–1904) was born in Budapest, Hungary, to a secular Jewish family. His father was a highly successful businessman. Although Herzl studied law at the University of Vienna, he was drawn to poetry and the humanities and later pursued a career in journalism and, less successfully, playwriting. He initially believed that Hungarian Jews could overcome centuries of impoverishment and oppression and become civilized Central Europeans; but his reporting of the 1894 Dreyfus Affair, the notorious anti-Semitic incident in France, ...

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J.H. Hexter

Jack H. Hexter (1910–1996) was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and studied at the University of Cincinnati and at Harvard, where he received a Ph.D.  He specialized in Tudor and seventeenth-century British history and was recognized for his essays on historiography.  Hexter taught at Washington University in St. Louis and then at Yale, where he became the Charles Stillé Professor and founded the Yale Center for Parliamentary History in 1966.  Returning to Washington University, he founded the Center for the History ...

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Read The Historian and His Day by J.H. Hexter, Introduction Gertrude Himmelfarb

Raul Hilberg

Raul Hilberg (1926–2007), author of the monumental Destruction of the European Jews, was the acknowledged master historian of the Holocaust. He taught for many years at the University of Vermont. His other books include The Politics of Memory, a memoir; Perpetrators Victims Bystanders, from which Too Fantastic to Be True is taken; and Sources of Holocaust Research. He also edited Documents of Destruction and (with Stanislaw Staron and Josef Kermisz) The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow

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Gertrude Himmelfarb

Gertrude Himmelfarb, an intellectual historian of Britain and the Victorians, is professor emeritus in the graduate school of the City University of New York and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.  Her many books include Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution, Victorian Minds, Marriage and Morals Among the Victorians, The De-Moralization of Society, and The Moral Imagination.

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