New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_15183
Portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant 1822-1885.
Name two reasons that Grant is famous.
How old was Grant when he became president?
Was he elected president before or after he served in the army?
Do you think this photograph was taken before, during, or after the Civil War? Explain.
Why do you think someone took this photograph of Grant?
When was photography invented? What was it like to have your photograph taken in the 1800s? Why are people in old photographs usually not smiling?
Science: Learn about photographic techniques used in the 1800s. Compare them to processes used today.
Art: Have students take "presidential" photographs of each other using a digital camera. Discuss the composition of a formal portrait.
English Language Arts: Write a campaign ad encouraging Americans to vote for Ulysses S. Grant for president.
Marrin, Albert. Unconditional Surrender: U. S. Grant and the Civil War. New York: Atheneum, 1994. ISBN: 0689318375
Riehecky, Janet. Ulysses S. Grant: America's 18th President. New York: Children's Press, 2004. ISBN: 0516228684
Venezia, Mike. Ulysses S. Grant. New York: Children's Press, 2005. ISBN: 0516226231