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Ronald C. White. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. New
York Random House, 2016. Maps. 864 pp.
In a historical present that feels like a predicament to many Americans, questions about how we got to where we are take on a new urgency. This current moment also features clashes between universities and some subset of the public on an almost weekly basis. This issue of Common-place enters this arena with 13 for 13 – thirteen emerging scholars introduce a publicly accessible pre-1800 text that they find particularly compelling.