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December 2004

Ulysses S. Grant
Excellent site from PBS on Grant, his times, and many American themes.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This PBS site explores the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant as well as other U.S. history topics such as frontier life, westward expansion, military strategy, slavery, reconstruction and more.
The content is organized into five major areas and can be easily navigated by the left side menu or the bottom navigation bar. QuickTime and Windows Media Player are required. A low bandwidth version is also available.

This site was developed to accompany the PBS film of the same name but the resources are extensive and can be used independently. There is a description of the film, a transcript and excerpts from Grant’s Memoirs as well as a list of books for further reading. Broadband Grant takes you on an interactive tour, “In His Shoes”, of Grant’s life as a youngster, and lets students compare their own lives to that of frontier life; or walk the battlefield of Shiloh in his boots and make the decisions; or make your own production decisions, in visual, audio, and editorial labs. The gallery offers political cartoons that span his military and political careers and express a range of opinions about Grant and the issues of the time. Visitors can also learn about westward expansion, the Mexican-American War, slavery, abolition, race relations, Reconstruction, black suffrage, Black Friday, the Panic of 1873, the dispted election of 1876 and much more. The teacher’s guide provides activities for civics, history, economics and geography as well as helpful hints for completing the activities.


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