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The Trial of Andrew Johnson: A Biography of the Reconstruction Era President

The Trial of Andrew Johnson: A Biography of the Reconstruction Era President


Book Overview: The Trial of Andrew Johnson: A Biography of the Reconstruction Era President

How do you remove an unpopular president from office?

On February 24, 1868, members of the United States House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson on thirteen separate charges of having committed high crimes and misdemeanors against the government and the people.

In this impressive biography, Noel B. Gerson examines how these extraordinary events came about, the circumstances leading up to it, and the aftermath of a trial that was unique in the history of the country.

Born into poverty and with no formal education, Johnson rose to prominence through perseverance and hard work. Entering politics, he became an adept stump speaker, championing the common man and vilifying the plantation aristocracy. Nominally a Democrat, who advocated free homesteads and education for all, he was soon to discover that not all agreed with his desire to see the nation reunited under the Constitution, as it had been before the Civil War.

Sworn in as seventeenth President of the United States following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Johnson faced the enormous task of presiding over the tumultuous first years of Reconstruction, a task made harder by his enemies, notably radical Republicans Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner and Edwin Stanton, who turned the tide of support against him and were instrumental in the campaign to disgrace Johnson and drive him from office.

By utilizing a wealth of primary sources, including quoted speeches, letters and press articles, Gerson masterfully portrays a sympathetic national figure devoted to his country and the Constitution, who escaped conviction by a single vote and went on to achieve a level of popularity he had never before known.

The Trial of Andrew Johnson is an ideal read for those who wish to find out more about the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson and his fight for vindication against the radical Republicans in the United States Congress.

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PublisherSapere Books
Publication Date2021-03-08
EditionFirst Edition
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Weight lbs
Noel B. Gerson was an accomplished American author renowned for his prolific work in historical fiction. Born in 1914, he wrote over 325 novels under his real name and various pseudonyms, proving himself as one of the 20th century's proficient storytellers. He is best known for his work in the field of historical biographies and novels which extensively covered diverse periods in American and world history. With novel translations in over 30 languages, Gerson gained worldwide recognition and a vast readership that spanned continents. His writings, encompassing the genres of Westerns, mysteries, romances and historical novels depicted an eye for detail and the ability to bring the past alive. Books such as 'The Conquerors,' 'The Kincaids,' and '55 Days at Peking' manifest Gerson’s knack for storytelling and meticulous research skills. Despite his passing in 1982, Noel B. Gerson's legacy continues to inspire the realms of historical fiction and biography. His extensive body of work stands as a testament to his talent and dedication towards crafting engaging narratives that transport readers into different eras, thus maintaining his status as a memorable figure in the literary realm.

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