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 workplace
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 optimum workplace.
Johnson confronted an almost very unlikely task—to be triumphant America's maximum leader govt, to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil warfare, and to paintings with a Congress managed by means of the so-called Radical Republicans. Annette Gordon-Reed, one in all America's best historians of slavery, exhibits how ill-suited Johnson used to be for this daunting job. 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 finally impeached him.
The climax of Johnson's presidency was once his trial within the Senate and his acquittal by way 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 used to be a vital overlooked 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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