A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents 1865-1881 by Edward O. Frantz

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By Edward O. Frantz

A significant other to Reconstruction Presidents presents a sequence of unique essays that discover various very important matters, issues, and debates linked to the presidencies of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. provide, and Rutherford B. Hayes.

  • Represents the 1st accomplished examine the presidencies of Johnson, furnish, and Hayes in a single volume
  • Features contributions from best historians and presidential scholars
  • Approaches the learn of those presidents from a historiographical perspective
  • Key issues contain each one president’s political profession; international coverage; household coverage; army heritage; and social context in their phrases in office

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1928) Andrew Johnson: Plebian and Patriot. Henry Holt. Chapter Two Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction Erik Mathisen Even with the healthy distance of a century and a half, Andrew Johnson remains inscrutable, and it is not that we know too little about him. Scholars have analyzed all the salient details: the porter’s son from Raleigh, the apprentice tailor who made good, and the politician, in a career spanning four ­decades, served at every level of the American federalist system. It is not the lack of material which makes historical judgment of Johnson difficult.

Simon and Felix James reprinted a November 23, 1863 ­interview between Johnson and the American Freedmen’s Aid Commission in “Andrew Johnson and the Freedmen” (1977). Johnson answered various questions about the condition of the freedmen in Tennessee. The governor opposed concentrating them in contraband camps, advocated apprenticeships for young blacks as well as whites, and opposed any legislation that would give blacks an advantage not previously provided to whites. Responses to Johnson’s racism figure in many of the works previously mentioned in this chapter, particularly those published in the 1960s or later.

While Johnson was busy styling himself as the principled representative, likely with an eye for higher office, locals in Greeneville were busy grooming his replacement. He was defeated in 1837: one of the few times in his adult life when he would not hold elected office. Despite this hiccup, Johnson put his skill as an oratorical powerhouse to work, reestablished his support in a successful run for the state legislature in 1840 and, with the help of a down year for Democrats which made him something of a rising star, a seat in the House of Representatives was secured two years later.

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