Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

by Don Nardo
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Andrew Johnson by Don Nardo

Vice President Andrew Johnson of Tennessee was suddenly thrust into the presidency by the death of Abraham Lincoln. He was a Democrat, not a Republican like Lincoln and the majority of Congress. He was the only high-ranking Southerner in a government where only Northern states were represented. Soon he was at war with Congress. He hoped to readmit Southern states to the Union quickly, but Congress passed a harsher plan for military occupation of the South Refusing to compromise. Johnson vetoed bill after bill. Congress overrode his vetoes and restricted his power. When Johnson dismissed his secretary of war without Senate approval. Congress impeached him. After the frial, the Senate fell just one vote short of the required two-thirds majority to convict Johnson and remove him from office. He served out his term, but had lost the power and popular support to govern.

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ISBN-13: 9780516242422
Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Encyclopedia of Presidents Series
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

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This is a well-written and very useful synopsis of the life and deeds of one of the lesser-known U.S. predients, who played a key role in the turbulent years following the American Civil War. The book is especially strong in its frequent use of primary source quotes, many of which make Johnson's character come alive for modern readers. The author makes it clear that although Johnson was a controversial, often narrow-minded, and at times less than competent figure, he was a highly patriotic individual who strongly supported the U.S. Constitution in an era in which some self-serving politicians were willing to subvert that great document and its ideals for their own selfish ends.