Andrew Johnson (American Presidents Series)
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Andrew Johnson (American Presidents Series)

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by Annette Gordon-Reed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805069488

ISBN-13: 9780805069488

Pub. Date: 01/18/2011

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

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.

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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—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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805069488
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Series:
American Presidents Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
229,592
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Andrew Johnson (American Presidents Series) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TNme More than 1 year ago
This author had an ax to grind against this President. If you are a fan of Johnson's, I suggest you read the AJ biography by Hans Trefousse, instead. Even the present author cites to the Trefousse book throughout her book, because Trefousse was the Johnson expert. Unfortunately he's dead now, or else it would have been nice if he had written this volume of the Presidents series. Also, he was less judgmental about Johnson. At least two inaccuracies in the present work: 1. The name is John Hunt Morgan (not John M. Hunt-p. 71) and 2. Booth was a Marylander, not a Virginian (p. 89). It would have been nice if the editor had caught these. I now wonder how many more of the present author's "facts" were wrong. This author also wrote about Jefferson's affair with his slave Sally Hemings. Slave/Master sexual relationships seem to be a specialty here. Johnson is accused of buying a slave for sex, as well. The author, without support also accuses Johnson of being illegitimate and of having a wayward Mother. No holds barred here. Its a shame that for some readers this volume of hatred will be the only book they read on Johnson. As I said before, please read Trefousse instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is completely unfair and untrue. I wonder how much research the author did before writing this book? Sounds like she has a personal hate towards Andrew Johnson.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The American Presidents Series attempts to offer concise biographies of the Presidents. This one was well written and emphasized what a disaster Johson was to Reconstuction. An overlooked man who helped set back the cause of Civil Rights for Generations. I wonder why Lincoln gets a pass for foisting this man on the North?