By Edward O. Frantz

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

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

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1964) “The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War,” Civil War History 10: 5–19. L. (1989) Andrew Johnson: A Biography. Norton. C. (1997) Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency. Crown. Williams, H. (1940) “Andrew Johnson as a Member of the Committee on the Conduct of the War,” East Tennessee Historical Society’s Publications 12: 70–83. W. (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.

They not only saw Southern secession as treason but as conquered territory, without rights or deserving of privileges to decide their own futures. Though radicals were 30 e r i k m at h i s e n hardly a unified lot in the wake of Lincoln’s assassination, there was ­considerable support for this more radical reading of secession and among many in the party, black suffrage had come to symbolize this position. Johnson had placated those who supported the idea within the party. Until he issued his proclamation, some of those most in favor of black suffrage believed Johnson to be an ally.

His talk became broader and more inclusive. With characteristic bravado, Johnson called on freed slaves in Tennessee to look upon him as their Moses, who would lead them from bondage. This might have been nothing more than political point scoring, but it does indicate a change. Another clue as to the shift in Johnson’s philosophy of politics and power lay in the new emphasis he placed on loyalty. He demanded it from Tennesseans and those who withheld it he counted as an enemy. Whether freed slaves or whites who proffered oaths of loyalty, Johnson came to believe deeply in the personal act of political contrition, and it would be this act which would form the core of his policies during Reconstruction.

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