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The failed promise, Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Robert S. Levine

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The failed promise, Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Robert S. Levine
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
resource.biographical
contains biographical information
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
The failed promise
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
1196176915
Responsibility statement
Robert S. Levine
Sub title
Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson
Summary
"The absorbing narrative of Frederick Douglass's heated struggle with President Andrew Johnson reveals a new perspective on Reconstruction's demise. When Andrew Johnson rose to the presidency after Abraham Lincoln's assassination, African Americans were optimistic that Johnson would pursue aggressive federal policies for Black equality. Just a year earlier, Johnson had cast himself as a "Moses" for the Black community. Frederick Douglass, the country's most influential Black leader, increasingly doubted the president was sincere in supporting Black citizenship. In a dramatic meeting between Johnson and a Black delegation at the White House, the president and Douglass came to verbal blows over the fate of Reconstruction. Their animosity only grew as Johnson sought to undermine Reconstruction and conciliate leaders of the former Confederate states. Robert S. Levine grippingly recounts the conflicts that led to Johnson's impeachment from the perspective of Douglass and the wider Black community. In counterpointing the lives and careers of Douglass and Johnson, Levine offers a fresh vision of the lost promise and dire failure of Reconstruction"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Prologue: Lincoln's Second Inauguration -- Southern Unionist -- The Mission of the War -- "Abraham Lincoln Dies, the Republic Lives" -- "There Is No Such Thing as Reconstruction" -- A Moses in the White House -- The Black Delegation Visits a Moses of Their People -- The President's Riots -- Shadowing Johnson, Defying the Loyalists -- Sources of Danger to the Republic -- A Job Offer -- The Trials of Impeachment -- "Demented Moses of Tennessee" -- Epilogue: "We Have a Fight on Our Hands"
Target audience
adult
resource.variantTitle
Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson
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