2019 Fortenbaugh Speaker

Brooks Simpson

Brooks D. Simpson is ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. He specializes in nineteenth-century American history, with a focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction era, as well as American political and military history and the American presidency. He is the author of numerous books, including Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000); The Reconstruction Presidents (The University Press of Kansas, 1998); The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory (Praeger, 2011); Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014); and, most recently, Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality (Library of America, 2018). He is currently working on the next volume of his biography of Ulysses S. Grant, entitled Ulysses S. Grant: The Fruits of Victory, 1865-1885.

Simpson's 2019 Fortenbaugh Lecture was entitled “The Rollercoaster Reputation of President Ulysses S. Grant.”