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Andrew Johnson

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed
Publisher: New York, NY : Times Books/Henry Holt, 2011.
Series: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Secondary (senior high) school : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 office. Johnson faced a nearly impossible task -- 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, a leading  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Andrew Johnson; Andrew Johnson; Andrew Johnson
Material Type: Biography, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annette Gordon-Reed
ISBN: 9780805069488 0805069488
OCLC Number: 154806758
Description: xviii, 166 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: "The true index of his heart" --
The tailor's apprentice --
Ascent --
Governor and Senator Johnson --
Disunion --
From military governor to vice president --
Mr. President --
The president obstructs --
Impeachment --
Epilogue: The aftermath.
Series Title: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Responsibility: Annette Gordon-Reed.

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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 office. Johnson faced a nearly impossible task -- 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, a leading historian of slavery, shows how ill-suited Johnson was. His vision of reconciliation abandoned the 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 and his acquittal by a single vote, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama. Despite his victory, Johnson's term in office was a 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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