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 story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.