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Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869
Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

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Manufacturer: Times Books
Publisher: Times Books
Author(s): Annette Gordon-Reed

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Binding: Hardcover
EAN: 9780805069488
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 0805069488
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Times Books
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Times Books
MPN: Illustrated
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2011-01-18
Publisher: Times Books
Release Date: 2011-01-18
Studio: Times Books
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recounts the tale of the unwanted president who ran afoul of Congress over Reconstruction and was nearly removed from office

Andrew Johnson never expected to be president. But just six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln's vice president, the events at Ford's Theatre thrust him into the nation's highest office.

Johnson faced a nearly impossible taskā€•to succeed America's greatest chief executive, to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil War, and to work with a Congress controlled by the so-called Radical Republicans. Annette Gordon-Reed, one of America's leading historians of slavery, shows how ill-suited Johnson was for this daunting task. His vision of reconciliation abandoned the millions of former slaves (for whom he felt undisguised contempt) and antagonized congressional leaders, who tried to limit his powers and eventually impeached him.

The climax of Johnson's presidency was his trial in the Senate and his acquittal by a single vote, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama and palpable tension. Despite his victory, Johnson's term in office was a crucial missed opportunity; he failed the country at a pivotal moment, leaving America with problems that we are still trying to solve.

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