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American Experience
Ulysses S. Grant
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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After a series of business failures and an early army career cut short by whiskey, U.S. Grant gets another chance when the Civil War breaks out. His demand for "unconditional surrender" at Fort Donelson earns him a nickname and the Union its first victory. Though he wins again at Shiloh, Grant is called a "butcher" and sidelined when the carnage is revealed. But his daring capture of the Confederate river fortress at Vicksburg changes the course of war, and propels him into a long and bloody campaign against Robert E. Lee, ending in the dramatic surrender at Appomattox.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Ulysses S. Grant,” 10/25/2001, GBH Archives, accessed February 26, 2024,
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