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The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
(Random House, 2019)
When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 and Vice-President Andrew Johnson became “the Accidental President,” it was a dangerous time in America. 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. With the unchecked power of executive orders, Johnson ignored Congress, pardoned rebel leaders, promoted white supremacy, opposed civil rights, and called Reconstruction unnecessary. Congress worked to stop an American president who acted like a king and to make the Union free, fair, and whole.
Brenda Wineapple is an acclaimed historian whose books have won numerous awards and honors, including a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two National Endowment Fellowships in the Humanities.