The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

by Chester G. Hearn


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The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Chester G. Hearn

While it is commonly known that Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached, less well known are the circumstances that led to the unsuccessful campaign to remove him from office. This account of Johnson's political life in Washington (including brief coverage of his early career in Tennessee) focuses on his conflict with the Radical Republicans, a group of fanatical abolitionists who, after Lincoln's assassination, sought to dominate American government and punish the South as harshly as possible. Johnson's focus on healing the nation and his refusal to submit to the Radicals' demands led to his impeachment. Though Johnson was acquitted, his impeachment clearly illustrates the danger when one branch of government tries to dominate the others. This chronicle of the first U.S. presidential impeachment covers in detail the political forces that nearly removed him from office.

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ISBN-13: 9780786430963
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Prolific writer Chester G. Hearn is also the author of Mobile Bay and the Mobile Campaign: The Last Great Battles of the Civil War (1998), other books of history, and articles appearing in Blue & Gray, Civil War Times, and North & South. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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