Booth’s sister later recalled “wild tirades” about Lincoln “making himself a king”1865-9Andrew Johnson (D)17th President of the United States, from TN●known for being one of only two presidents impeached in the US House but not convicted in the US Senate (Clinton, 1999)... both Johnson and Clinton were impeached for political reasons (in other words, their alleged “high crimes and misdemeanors” were ridiculously exaggerated beyond the intent of the Founding Fathers)●nevertheless Johnson is frequently ranked, with Buchanan (the president who preceded the favorite, Lincoln), as one of the 5 worst in US history because of his bellicose attitude and lack of leadership during the critical first years of Reconstruction ●known as a rigid, combative president who viewed compromise as a weakness●known as a white supremacist who failed to promote the rights of the African American freedmen, even going so far as to nullify Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s Special Field Order 15giving an abandoned coastal strip in SC, GA, and FL to freedmen... “This is a government for white men, and by God, as long as I am president, it shall be a government for white men.” (in a letter to the MO governor)●known for his impoverished Scots-Irish upbringing in eastern TN, a part of the South far from the wealthy planter elite of SC, GA, AL, and MS, who dominated Southern politics... as such he was known in 1861 as a proslavery Unionist, and became the only senator from a seceded state not to resign his seat, the most prominent War Democrat who supported Lincoln’s Civil War military policies●in 1862 Lincoln appointed Johnson military governor of occupied TN●in a show of national conciliation, and to position himself as a moderate, Lincoln added Johnson to the 1864 presidential ticket, a fateful decision as Johnson would end up serving all but 1 month of Lincoln’s second termThis timeline is meant to provide training for students of American history. It should not be cited as an academic source. Notify [email protected] with any errors or uncited quotations.
ADVANCED AMERICAN HISTORY TIMELINE 1801-1889... LAST UPDATE Tuesday, June 21, 2016... by J. A. Stanford, Jr., PAGE 871865Restorationblack codesSummer: Andrew Johnsonsought, after Congress adjourned for their long summer recess, to restore the South to the Union by the end of the year, following many of the same ideas Lincoln had proposed●Johnson underestimated the anger in the North over Lincoln’s assassination, and their vengeful mood over the war’s terrible cost (in human lives)●Johnson’s actions also represented a great departure from his earlier tough talk of “hanging” traitors; after Lincoln’s death he set about pardoning many Confederate oﬃcials (only CSA President Jefferson Daviswas held in prison for two years)●no one was tried for treason●Johnson showed callous disregard for the plight of the freedmenreturned to a condition of near-slavery by newly enacted Black Codes (see below)... also, confiscated land was returned to owners, not redistributed to the freedmen as many