By Annette Gordon-Reed,Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger,Sean Wilentz

ISBN-10: 0805069488

ISBN-13: 9780805069488

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 place of work

Andrew Johnson by no means anticipated to be president. yet simply six weeks after turning into Abraham Lincoln's vice chairman, the occasions at Ford's Theatre thrust him into the nation's maximum workplace.

Johnson confronted an almost very unlikely task—to prevail America's maximum leader govt, to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil conflict, and to paintings with a Congress managed via the so-called Radical Republicans. Annette Gordon-Reed, one in every of America's best historians of slavery, exhibits how ill-suited Johnson used to be for this daunting activity. His imaginative and prescient of reconciliation deserted the thousands of former slaves (for whom he felt undisguised contempt) and antagonized congressional leaders, who attempted to restrict his powers and at last impeached him.

The climax of Johnson's presidency used to be his trial within the Senate and his acquittal via a unmarried vote, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama and palpable stress. regardless of his victory, Johnson's time period in place of work used to be a very important overlooked chance; he failed the rustic at a pivotal second, leaving the United States with difficulties that we're nonetheless attempting to solve.

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