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.

Show description

Read Online or Download Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869 PDF

Best biographies of presidents & heads of state books

Mao (Routledge Historical Biographies) - download pdf or read online

Michael Lynch provides an attractive and thorough account of Mao's existence and politics, utilizing a wealth of basic and secondary assets. He locates Maoism within the broader context of 20th century chinese language historical past, discussing the advance of the chinese language Communist get together, the construction of the People's Republic of China and the Cultural Revolution, and the half performed via Mao within the chilly battle.

Why Is God Silent On Mandela: The Unspoken Question About a - download pdf or read online

Veteran Zambian journalist Samuel Ngoma tells the wonderful tale of the lifetime of Nelson Mandela, overlaying his management, his braveness, his triumphs, and his heart-searing losses. yet Ngoma then takes it a step additional, diving into the query of Mandela’s religion and supplying a profound look at a topic on which the statesman has been notoriously silent.

Franklin D.Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln: Competing - download pdf or read online

Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt are generally thought of the 2 maximum presidents of the previous centuries. How did those very varied males upward push to energy, run their administrations, and attain greatness? How did they set their guidelines, rally public opinion, and rework the kingdom?

Get My Life, Our Times PDF

As former top Minister and our longest-serving Chancellor, Gordon Brown has been a guiding strength for Britain and across the world 3 many years. this can be his candid, poignant and deeply appropriate tale. In describing his upbringing in Scotland because the son of a minister, the close to lack of his eyesight as a pupil and the dying of his daughter inside days of her delivery, he stocks the passionately held rules that experience formed and pushed him, reminding us that politics can and may be a calling to serve.

Extra info for Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869 by Annette Gordon-Reed,Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger,Sean Wilentz


by Mark
4.0

Rated 4.49 of 5 – based on 40 votes