“The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johson and the Dream of a Just Nation” is an amazing history book which describes the history of the American Civil War. Brenda Wineapple is the author of this history book. Brenda writes several books including Confidence, Ecstatic Nation and Compromise. She received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In this book, she is able to gather the big-picture takeaways from Johnson’s impeachment from a historical perspective. After reading this book, you will have a greater understanding of how this chapter fits into the larger narrative and lessons of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
She describes when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and Andrew Johson became the President. It was a precarious time in America. Andrew Johson seemed to share their goals with the unchecked power of executive orders, he promoted white supremacy, ignored Congress, opposed civil rights and called Reconstruction unnecessary.