The impeachers The of trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation

Brenda Wineapple

Book - 2019

"When Lincoln was assassinated and Andrew Johnson became President, a fraught time in America became perilous. Congress was divided over how Reconstruction should be accomplished and the question of black suffrage. The South roiled with violence, lawlessness, and efforts to preserve the pre-Civil War society. Andrew Johnson--chosen as Vice President for electability, because he was a Southern Democrat--had no interest in following Lincoln's agenda. With the unchecked power of executive... orders, Johnson pardoned the rebel states and their leaders, opposed black suffrage, and called Reconstruction unnecessary. Congress decided to take action against a President who acted like a king. With extensive research and profound insights, Brenda Wineapple makes this overlooked historical period come alive with important new insights. The impeachment--the first in American history--was the last-ditch, patriotic effort make the goals of the Civil War a reality, and to make the Union one again"--

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New York : Random House [2019]
First edition
Physical Description
xxix, 543 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [501]-514) and index.
Main Author
Brenda Wineapple (author)
  • Mars
  • Magnificent intentions
  • The accidental president
  • Moses
  • The South victorious
  • Not a 'white man's government'
  • Reconciliation
  • Civil rights
  • Mutual concessions, mutual hostilities
  • Andy's swing around the circle
  • Resistance
  • Tenure of office
  • A revolutionary period
  • The Rubicon is crossed
  • The president's message
  • A blundering, roaring lear
  • Striking at a king
  • Impeachment
  • The high court
  • All the president's men
  • The trial, first round
  • The trial
  • The beginning of the end
  • Cankered and crude
  • The demented Moses of Tennessee
  • The crowning struggle
  • The cease of majesty
  • Let us have peace
  • Human rights.