The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

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McFarland, Aug 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 269 pages
While it is commonly known that Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached, less well known are the circumstances that led to the unsuccessful campaign to remove him from office. This account of Johnson’s political life in Washington (including brief coverage of his early career in Tennessee) focuses on his conflict with the Radical Republicans, a group of fanatical abolitionists who, after Lincoln’s assassination, sought to dominate American government and punish the South as harshly as possible. Johnson's focus on healing the nation and his refusal to submit to the Radicals’ demands led to his impeachment. Though Johnson was acquitted, his impeachment clearly illustrates the danger when one branch of government tries to dominate the others. This chronicle of the first U.S. presidential impeachment covers in detail the political forces that nearly removed him from office. Numerous illustrations, a bibliography and an index are included.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 The Rise from Poverty
9
2 The War Years
21
3 The Emergence of the Radicals
33
4 Lincolns Legacy
43
5 Johnson Takes Charge
55
6 The Radicals Organize
66
13 The Puzzling Issue of Impeachment
132
14 A Crisis in the War Department
141
15 Johnson Is Impeached
154
16 The Trial Begins
168
17 The Presidents Defense
179
18 The Closing Arguments
187
19 The Verdict
195
20 Last Days of the Presidency
204

7 The Battle Begins
77
8 Force Bills and Riots
85
9 A Swing Around the Circle
95
10 The Elections of 1866
106
11 The Reconstruction Act
115
12 The 40th Congress
124
21 Vindication
212
22 Epilogue
222
Chapter Notes
225
Bibliography
247
Index
255
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Chester G. Hearn is the author of numerous other books of history, and his articles have appeared in Blue & Gray, Civil War Times, and North & South. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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