Key Leaders Postwar Contributions

Grant, Lee, and Douglass

Ulysses S. Grant (president 1869-1877)

Asked Northerners to be civil towards ex-Confederates and told them that the South didn't need to be punished after their loss.

Issued the Enforcement act which secured the voting rights for freedmen.

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee urged the Southerners to rejoin the United States.

He also encouraged the importance of education and was president of Washington College after the war.

Frederick Douglass

Was the spokesman for African Americans. Tried to get protection for the rights of freedmen in the South.

Supported the passing of the 14th and 15th amendments (equaling every man).

He became Haiti's ambassador.