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VIRTUAL TALK: “The Impeachers” with Brenda Wineapple
July 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
It was a dangerous time in America. When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and Vice-President Andrew Johnson became “the Accidental President,” the country was in turmoil. Congress was divided over how the Union should be reunited: when and how the secessionist South should regain full status, whether former Confederates should be punished, and when and whether black men should be given the vote. Devastated by war and resorting to violence, many white Southerners hoped to restore a pre–Civil War society, if without slavery, and the pugnacious Andrew Johnson seemed to share their goals. With the unchecked power of executive orders, Johnson ignored Congress, pardoned rebel leaders, promoted white supremacy, opposed civil rights, and called Reconstruction unnecessary. It fell to Congress to stop the president who acted like a king and make America free, fair and whole. Meet the Impeachers.
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