By Annette Gordon-Reed,Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger,Sean Wilentz
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recounts the story of the undesirable president who ran afoul of Congress over Reconstruction and was once approximately faraway from place of work
Andrew Johnson by no means anticipated to be president. yet simply six weeks after changing into Abraham Lincoln's vice chairman, the occasions at Ford's Theatre thrust him into the nation's maximum workplace.
Johnson confronted a virtually most unlikely task—to be triumphant America's maximum leader government, to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil struggle, and to paintings with a Congress managed through the so-called Radical Republicans. Annette Gordon-Reed, certainly one of America's best historians of slavery, indicates how ill-suited Johnson used to be for this daunting activity. His imaginative and prescient of reconciliation deserted the hundreds of thousands of former slaves (for whom he felt undisguised contempt) and antagonized congressional leaders, who attempted to restrict his powers and at last impeached him.
The climax of Johnson's presidency was once his trial within the Senate and his acquittal by means of a unmarried vote, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama and palpable pressure. regardless of his victory, Johnson's time period in place of work was once a vital neglected chance; he failed the rustic at a pivotal second, leaving the US with difficulties that we're nonetheless attempting to solve.
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Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869 by Annette Gordon-Reed,Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger,Sean Wilentz