By Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein

This A–Z encyclopedia offers conscientiously chosen entries masking the folk, occasions, and ideas proper to Andrew Johnson's life.

• greater than 350 entries hide the 5 a long time of Andrew Johnson's profitable profession, from 1828–1875

• chosen unique records contain the Articles of Impeachment, speeches, proclamations, vetoes, and letters

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S. presidents. This volume is not intended to create sympathy for, or resuscitate the reputation of, Andrew Johnson. The authors do, however, attempt to place his ideas and actions within historical context to help explain his attitudes and decisions. More important, this work examines Johnson’s place in the history of the United States because, regardless of how Americans feel about the man, Johnson’s successful political career spanned five pivotal decades. His issues were the nation’s issues: the increasing democracy of politics, the beginning of industrialization and the market revolution, the question of slavery, growing sectional tensions, secession and the Civil War, and finally Reconstruction.

As with other states of the Upper South, Tennessee did not seriously consider secession until after President Lincoln’s call for volunteers in April 1861. Even then, the Unionist sentiment was strong, especially in East Tennessee, and such men as Andrew Johnson, Horace Maynard, and former Whig and Johnson rival William G. “Parson” Brownlow worked feverishly to keep Tennessee in the Union. Their efforts failed, and in early June 1861 Tennessee seceded, the last state to leave the Union. Although other members of Congress from his state abandoned Washington, Johnson refused to leave, claiming that Tennessee was still in the Union.

Andrew made his way to Laurens, South Carolina, where he worked for Page xvi a brief time, but soon returned to Raleigh. When he found it impossible to patch up relations with Selby, he headed west, across the mountains to Tennessee. Young and restless, needing to find work and yearning for adventure, Andrew passed through East Tennessee, made his way into northern Alabama, traveled back up through Middle Tennessee, and headed back home to Raleigh. His exploration had convinced him that his future lay in one of the many small towns of East Tennessee, where an uncle lived; there his skills would be welcome and his past ignored.

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