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Language: English
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The author of the book: Eric L. McKitrick
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: November 24th 1988
ISBN: 0195057074
ISBN 13: 9780195057072
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Thoroughly enjoyed this although I was juggling other books at the same time due to my local library hold service inundating me after a slow period.

For a Tennessean, I suppose one can approach Andrew Johnson with caution, although as someone with a decent knowledge of history my experience has been one of encountering him in surveys. Until reading several bios of Grant recently I would have to say that my take on Johnson was simply a drunkard who somehow ended up on the wrong side of Lincoln's legacy. How ironic that studying Grant changed my mind on Johnson.

Changing my mind on Johnson however, does not mean that he grew in my esteem except in that one cannot simply blame his apparent public intoxication at Lincoln's second inaugural for all that followed.

This book was published in 1960 and the author mentions that Andrew Johnson's recent biographies had made him more sympathetic to the people of the times, which I can readily see due to the opposition of the Civil Rights fight at the time. McKitrick grants Johnson "personal integrity and firm principal," but notes that he was "slandered intemperately by his fellow citizens."

I'd say that Johnson brought that slander on himself, especially on 'Swing Around the Circle' as he took a train trip across America, dragging Ulysses Grant along with him to try and validate his policies. This trip turned into a disaster because Johnson was not a traveling orator. He repeated himself in every city between Washington and Chicago. He was heckled for 'undignified language' and responded by stating 'he cared nothing for dignity.'

In Washington, Johnson would oppose the Freedman's Bureau and the Civil Rights Bill. By his own words and lack of action riots erupted across the south, Black Codes were enacted and Constitutional Amendments were not ratified.

There is a lot here and to be honest despite various Lincoln & Grant bios, Civil War books, and some other books on Reconstruction I had to hit Google or Wikipedia to get info regarding various characters that I simply had no past experience with. If I watched Lincoln (2012) now I might recognize some Congressmen and their importance or issues that I missed, and I include that miss along with the 'Team of Rivals' book I read around the same time.

So I will sum this up by saying that I enjoyed this book a great deal. I learned a lot, but I still missed at least as much. I am sticking around this era currently by reading some John C. Calhoun, back to finishing Jaffa's 'Crisis of the House Divided,' which is on Lincoln-Douglas, and thrown in due to availability at the library a new bio of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

I plan on coming back to this in the next year or two as I try to expand my knowledge of the time. I need to make lists of each states public officials and also the Federal ones of the time. Put them up on my wall and make it a part of me.

I should note that the author Eric McKitrick also has a book entitled 'The Age of Federalism,' so you can see where these rabbit holes might lead me.

To be honest there are more stories and characters around the Civil War than now, so onward.


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