Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy

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Simon and Schuster, May 12, 2009 - History - 447 pages
By the author of The Summer of 1787, the bestselling and highly acclaimed account of the writing of the constitution, a dramatic re-creation of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, which became the central battle of the struggle over how to reunite a nation after four years of war.

Stewart traces the impeachment saga to the social and political revolutions that rocked the South with the end of slavery and the Civil War. As president after Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson, a Tennessee Democrat, not only failed to heal the nation’s wounds but rubbed them raw, ignoring widespread violence against the freed slaves and encouraging former rebels to resume political control of the Southern states. His high-handed actions were opposed by the equally angry and aggressive Congress, led by rep. Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania, an ardent foe of slavery who aimed to rebuild American society on principles of equality and fairness.

The titanic collision between Congress and the president was diverted into a legalistic dispute over whether Johnson could fire his own Secretary of War. Inept lawyering by Johnson’s prosecutors, combined with political deals, saved Johnson by a single vote in the Senate.

Impeached challenges the traditional version of this pivotal moment in American history, which portrays Johnson as pursuing Lincoln’s legacy by showing leniency to the former rebels. Impeached shows the compelling reasons to remove this unfortunate president from office, reveals the corrupt bargains that saved Johnson’s job, and credits Johnson’s prosecutors with seeking to remake the nation to accord with the ideals that Lincoln championed and that the Civil War was fought for.

 

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Most books on the reconstruction era blow by the impeachment and trial of Andrew Johnson in a few pages. Few that I have read have gone into depth on it other than to note he was impeached based on ... Read full review

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As the presidency of Bill Clinton recedes into the halcyon glow of history, his impeachment by the House of Representatives seems less a personal repudiation than an institutional embarrassment for ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
spring 1865
5
April 1865
14
november 1865
27
December 1865
36
JanuaryJune 1866
46
Julynovember 1866
59
December 1866June 1867
74
march 529 1868
167
march 1868
181
march 30April 8 1868
193
April 920 1868
206
April 1868
219
may 59 1868
240
may 1215 1868
260
may 1626 1868
275

Augustnovember 1867
87
December 1867
100
December 12 1867
114
February 1521 1868
127
February 2224 1868
138
February 24march 4 1868
151
January 1 1869
300
the rorschach blot
315
the tenure of office Act
329
the senate votes
343
index
427
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About the author (2009)

David O. Stewart is the author of the highly acclaimed The Summer of 1987: The Men Who Invented the Constitution and Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Jackson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy.

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