Compare And Contrast Grant And Eisenhower

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Throughout much of the United States history, our country has found itself in some sort of conflict with another country, as is the nature of civilization. In most of these wars, some sort of leader or general rises to prominence to aid in the effort. Often times these leaders are considered for president after the wars are finished. In this paper, I would like to compare two presidents who got their fame on their battlefield and carried the success into the white house. The two presidents I will be writing about are Ulysses S Grant and Dwight Eisenhower. Seeing as this discussion was chosen because of military accolades, let me begin this comparison by taking a look at the military records of each man including the importance they had on…show more content…
Ulysses Grant took during the Reconstruction and was responsible for helping to pass some of the most important Reconstruction time legislation. The most notable of this legislation being The Civil Rights Act of 1870 and 1875 and of course the 15th amendment. Grant also took a strong stance against the violence of the Ku Klux Klan and sought to protect the rights of African Americans. Nearly 80 years later when the United States was still dealing with race relations, Eisenhower also proved effective. The most notable of his achievements in this sphere was his use of federal troops in Little Rock to enforce the desegregation of public schools adherent to Brown vs Board of Education, as well as his signing of civil rights legislation in 1957 and 1960 to protect the right to vote by African-Americans. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that both presidents with a military background used the army in order to enforce domestic policy. Eisenhower in Little Rock and Grant used the army to build the Republican Party in the south. This hints at the fact that presidents with military experience may be more apt to exercise their power as commander in chief. As for the striking similarities between the domestic advancements of the two candidates, it is interesting to speculate
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