Few historians so aptly make Grant and his time so legible to a 21st-century readership that continues to grapple with the political legacies of slavery and the Civil War.
Brandon Wilson is a doctoral candidate in United States history at Washington University in St. Louis. Studying the interplay between slavery, capitalism and incarceration in the antebellum South, Wilson holds the esteemed Danforth Fellowship and the Washington University Chancellor’s Fellowship.
Posts by Brandon Wilson
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.