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History of the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson   By: (1826-1907)

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History of the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Edmund G. (Edmund Gibson) Ross is an influential and enlightening account of one of the most critical political chapters in American history. Ross, a senator who played a vital role during Johnson's impeachment proceedings, offers an insider's perspective on the events leading up to the trial, the trial itself, and the subsequent aftermath.

In this thought-provoking work, Ross provides a comprehensive examination of the circumstances surrounding Andrew Johnson's impeachment, meticulously detailing the political and social climate of the time. The author expertly navigates through the complex web of political alliances, personal egos, and heated debates that characterized this era.

Ross's writing is both informative and engaging, making it accessible to readers with varying levels of historical knowledge. He skillfully presents the key arguments and counterarguments that arose during the impeachment trial, shedding light on the contrasting views of the Republican and Democratic factions within Congress. By presenting multiple perspectives, Ross allows readers to form their conclusions on the controversial impeachment and its consequences.

What sets this book apart is Ross's personal involvement in the impeachment trial. As a Senator who made the decisive vote that saved Johnson from removal, Ross provides a unique viewpoint that few other historians can offer. His firsthand account of the pressure and emotional turmoil he experienced during this historic moment adds a compelling layer of authenticity to the narrative.

Moreover, Ross's writing style is clear and concise, ensuring that readers remain engaged throughout. He avoids excessive jargon or excessive historical references, making it accessible to both history enthusiasts and general readers alike. Ross has successfully crafted a book that not only educates but also captivates its audience.

One could argue that the book's greatest strength lies in its examination of the implications of Johnson's impeachment. Ross delves deep into the consequences of the trial, particularly the long-lasting impact it had on the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. Through his analysis, readers gain a deep understanding of how this pivotal moment shaped the American political landscape for decades to come.

However, while Ross's work is undoubtedly comprehensive, some readers may find it lacking in objectivity. Despite his efforts to present various viewpoints, his own personal involvement occasionally seeps into his writing, which could be perceived as biased by some readers. That being said, the author's unprecedented insight into the proceedings compensates for any potential bias, making this a valuable contribution to the historical record.

In conclusion, History of the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Edmund G. Ross is an engrossing exploration of a crucial episode in American history. Ross's ability to provide a thorough account while balancing his personal experiences with historical facts makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in American politics, history, or the intricacies of an impeachment process. Through this work, readers gain not only a more profound understanding of the events of the time but also a glimpse into the complexities of political decision-making and the lasting impact it can have on a nation.

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HISTORY OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF ANDREW JOHNSON PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND HIS TRIAL BY THE SENATE FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS IN OFFICE

1868

BY EDMUND G. ROSS

BURT FRANKLIN RESEARCH & SOURCE WORKS SERIES 94

BURT FRANKLIN NEW YORK

PREFACE.

Little is now known to the general public of the history of the attempt to remove President Andrew Johnson in 1868, on his impeachment by the House of Representatives and trial by the Senate for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors in office, or of the causes that led to it. Yet it was one of the most important and critical events, involving possibly the gravest consequences, in the entire history of the country.

The constitutional power to impeach and remove the President had lain dormant since the organization of the Government, and apparently had never been thought of as a means for the satisfaction of political enmities or for the punishment of alleged executive misdemeanors, even in the many heated controversies between the President and Congress that had theretofore arisen. Nor would any attempt at impeachment have been made at that time but for the great numerical disparity then existing between the respective representatives in Congress of the two political parties of the country... Continue reading book >>




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