Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincolns Legacy by David O. StewartBest-selling author David Stewart challenges the traditional version of this pivotal moment in American history. Rather than seeing Johnson as Lincolns political heir, Stewart explains how the Tennesseean squandered Lincolns political legacy of equality and fairness and helped force the freed slaves into a brutal form of agricultural peonage across the South. Hardcover. Original jacket. Number line counts to 1. NF/NF.
21. Andrew Johnson and the Radicals: A Contest over the Meaning of Reconstruction
He had been Vice President of the United States for only 42 days when he succeeded to the presidency. Johnson took office as the Civil War came to a close , and his presidency was dominated by the aftermath of the war. As president, Johnson attempted to build his own party of Southerners and conservative Northerners, but he was unable to unite his supporters into a new party. Republican Ulysses S. Grant succeeded Johnson as president.
He lost his father at an early age and was apprenticed to the tailor James J. Like many poor whites, he never went to school but apparently learned to read and write at the tailor shop. He returned in to settle his affairs with his employer but was unable to do so. He left on foot for Tennessee, then worked at his trade in Columbia, only to come back after six months to help his family. Together with his mother and stepfather, he set out once more for Tennessee, this time reaching the village of Greeneville, where he made his permanent home. The attractive brunette and the swarthy, carefully groomed, black-haired newcomer had five children. Johnson soon prospered.
Andrew Johnson gives truth to the saying that in America, anyone can grow up to become President. Born in a log cabin in North Carolina to nearly illiterate parents, Andrew Johnson did not master the basics of reading, grammar, or math until he met his wife at the age of seventeen. The only other man to attain the office of President with so little formal education was Abraham Lincoln. Whereas Lincoln is esteemed as America's greatest President, Johnson, his successor, is ranked as one of the worst. Professor Elizabeth R. Varon is the Langbourne M.
Andrew Johnson’s Early Years
Although an honest and honorable man, Andrew Johnson was one of the most unfortunate of Presidents. Arrayed against him were the Radical Republicans in Congress, brilliantly led and ruthless in their tactics. Johnson was no match for them. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in , Johnson grew up in poverty. He was apprenticed to a tailor as a boy, but ran away.
His lenient Reconstruction policies toward the South, and his vetoing of Reconstruction acts, embittered the Radical Republicans in Congress and led to his political downfall and impeachment, though he was acquitted. Johnson died in Tennessee on July 31, His father, Jacob Johnson, died when Andrew was 3, leaving the family in poverty. She and her second husband apprenticed Andrew and his brother, William, to a local tailor. As a young boy, Andrew felt the sting of prejudice from the higher classes and developed a white-supremacist attitude to compensate, a perception he held all his life. Chafing under the constraints of apprenticeship, Johnson and his brother ran away from their obligation.