Andrew Johnson: A Biographical Companion available in Hardcover
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- ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
This A–Z encyclopedia provides carefully selected entries covering the people, events, and concepts relevant to Andrew Johnson's life.
Andrew Johnson wasand isan American paradox. He never attended school, yet fought for public education. He was a Southern slaveholder who opposed secession and enforced emancipation. Born into poverty, he became the 17th president of the United Statesand the first U.S. president to be impeached.
This new volume thoroughly examines the troubled career of our most unpopular presidentnot to resuscitate his reputation, but because his personal contradictions reflected those of his country: a democratic nation conceived in liberty, yet existing half slave and half free; an economy of yeoman farmers and independent artisans being swept into industrialization and a market system; a country fond of tradition, but caught up in social, economic, and political revolution.
• More than 350 entries cover the five decades of Andrew Johnson's successful career, from 1828–1875
• Selected original documents include the Articles of Impeachment, speeches, proclamations, vetoes, and letters
About the Author
Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein and Richard Zuczek are professional historians at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.