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David O. Stewart, Impeached, 1st ed.

The First Impeachment Trial!

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David O. Stewart examines the first impeachment trial Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the fight for Lincoln’s Legacy.

Enraged to see the freedmen abandoned to brutal violence at the hands of their former masters, distraught that former rebels threatened to regain control of Southern state governments, and disgusted by Andrew Johnson’s brawling political style, congressional Republicans seized on a technicality as the basis for impeachment – whether Johnson had the right to fire his own secretary of war, Edwin Stanton.

Bestselling writer David Stewart explains how the Tennessean squandered Abraham Lincoln’s political legacy and helped force freed people back into a sort of bondage, thus forcing a showdown with Congress.

With the current dramatic expansion of the powers of the presidency, and after the multiple impeachment crises of the last fifty years, the lessons of the first presidential impeachment are more urgent than ever.

Excellent condition; dust jacket.

Stewart, David. Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the fight for Lincoln’s Legacy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. 1st edition, 447p., illustrated.