About a decade before this episode of "The American Experience" aired in 2011, the show has a two-part episode on Ulysses Grant. I have no idea if this is just a reshowing of this two-parter or not--and I only got to see this one episode. It covered the life of Ulysses Grant from birth to the end of the Civil War. No mention of his later presidency or late-life bankruptcy is mentioned by the film.
Like any other episode of "The American Experience", this one practically screams quality throughout. The narration is excellent, as is the writing and production values. It provides an interesting portrait of a rather mediocre man who somehow found his calling in the war. Up until then, he was a truly unremarkable man--and in some ways a failure. Fascinating throughout.
UPDATE: I did some searching and found out that this WAS indeed the same episode that was originally shown on April 1, 2002.
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