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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 6, part 2: Andrew Johnson   By: (1843-1914)

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I recently had the opportunity to read a fascinating book documenting the presidency of Andrew Johnson. The book is a part of a larger series that compiles the messages and papers of all the American presidents, and this particular volume delves into the tumultuous time of Johnson's presidency.

I found the book to be incredibly informative and well-researched. The author, James D. Richardson, provides a comprehensive look at Johnson's presidency, highlighting the challenges he faced during his time in office. From the aftermath of the Civil War to the impeachment trial that nearly removed him from power, Richardson does an excellent job of capturing the complexities of Johnson's presidency.

One aspect of the book that I particularly enjoyed was the inclusion of Johnson's own words through his messages and speeches. It gave me a better understanding of his mindset and the decisions he made during his time as president. Additionally, Richardson's analysis and commentary added depth to the narrative, providing context and insight into Johnson's actions.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in American history or political science. It offers a detailed and engaging look at a pivotal moment in our nation's history, shedding light on the challenges and controversies that defined Andrew Johnson's presidency.

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A COMPILATION OF THE MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS

BY JAMES D. RICHARDSON

Andrew Johnson

April 15, 1865, to March 4, 1869

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, N.C., December 29, 1808. His parents were very poor. When he was 4 years old his father died of injuries received in rescuing a person from drowning. At the age of 10 years Andrew was apprenticed to a tailor. His early education was almost entirely neglected, and, notwithstanding his natural craving to learn, he never spent a day in school. Was taught the alphabet by a fellow workman, borrowed a book, and learned to read. In 1824 removed to Laurens Court House, S.C., where he worked as a journeyman tailor. In May, 1826, returned to Raleigh, and in September, with his mother and stepfather, set out for Greeneville, Tenn., in a two wheeled cart drawn by a blind pony. Here he married Eliza McCardle, a woman of refinement, who taught him to write, and read to him while he was at work during the day. It was not until he had been in Congress that he learned to write with ease. From Greeneville went to the West, but returned after the lapse of a year. In 1828 was elected alderman; was reelected in 1829 and 1830, and in 1830 was advanced to the mayoralty, which office he held for three years. In 1831 was appointed by the county court a trustee of Rhea Academy, and about this time participated in the debates of a society at Greeneville College... Continue reading book >>


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