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< div> < div> < b> The unwanted president who ran afoul of Congress over Reconstruction and was nearly removed from office< /b> < /div> < div> & nbsp; < /div> < div> < div> Andrew Johnson never expected to be president. But just six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln& #8217; s vice president, the events at Ford& #8217; s Theatre thrust him into the nation& #8217; s highest office.< br> & nbsp; < br> Johnson faced a nearly impossible task& #8212; to succeed America& #8217; s greatest chief executive, to bind the nation& #8217; 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& #8217; 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.< br> & nbsp; < br> The climax of Johnson& #8217; 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& #8217; 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.< /div> < /div> < /div>

Synopsis:

One of America's leading historians shows how ill-suited Johnson was for assuming the presidency following President Lincoln's assassination. The climax of Johnson's career was his impeachment trial, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama and tension.

Synopsis:

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 task&#8212;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.

About the Author

Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello, which won the Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award. A professor of law at New York Law School, she is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, co-author with Vernon Jordan of Vernon Can Read!, and editor of Race on Trial. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805069488
Author:
Gordon-reed, Annette
Publisher:
Times Books
Editor:
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr.
Author:
ette Gordon-Reed
Author:
Schlesinger, Arthur M.
Author:
Wilentz, Sean
Author:
Gordon-Reed, Annette
Author:
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Author:
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr.
Author:
Ann
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Edition Description:
Times
Series:
American Presidents
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 black-and-white frontispiece
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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Product details 192 pages Times Books - English 9780805069488 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , One of America's leading historians shows how ill-suited Johnson was for assuming the presidency following President Lincoln's assassination. The climax of Johnson's career was his impeachment trial, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama and tension.
"Synopsis" by , 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 task&#8212;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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