Impeachment of a President: Andrew Johnson, the Blacks, and Reconstruction

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In Impeachment of a President, Hans L. Trefousse focuses on the causes of the failure to convict, the consequences of the acquittal, and the relationship of the impeachment to the ill success of Reconstruction. Drawing on a wealth of material, some only recently made available, Professor Trefousse sheds new light on the President's objectives and character.
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Focuses on the causes of the failure to convict Jackson, the consequences of his acquittal, and the relationship of the impeachment to the ill success of Reconstruction. Trefousse (history, Brooklyn College) also re-examines Jackson's character. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823219230
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: Reconstructing America Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 852,674
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Trefousse (1921-2010) was Distinguished Professor of History at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center, of the City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

1 Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction 3
2 The Radicals and Reconstruction 17
3 The Widening Breach 30
4 First Demands for Impeachment 48
5 Presidential Defiance 67
6 The Election of 1867 85
7 Failure of the First Impeachment 98
8 Renewed Presidential Defiance 115
9 Impeachment of the President 131
10 The President's Trial 146
11 Failure of the Impeachment 165
12 Results of the Acquittal 180
Notes 191
Bibliography 232
Index 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    A good book about an important event in U.S. History

    Trefousse's book about Andrew Johnson's impeachment & trial is very informative and well researched. It is not too long and gives readers a short version of the events that took place from 1865 to 1869. The president's impeachment and trial was the first time in world history that a nation's chief leader was being tried for crimes. It was one of the most important events in American political history. Its outcome--acquittal--strengthened the presidency. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Johnson's impeachment & trial.

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