Johnson, Grant, and the Politics of Reconstruction

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Eric L. McKitrick, Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction ( Chicago, 1960; David Donald, The Politics of Reconstruction, 1863-1867 ( Baton Rouge, 1965); LaWanda and John Cox, Politics, Principle, and Prejudice, 1865-1866 ( New York, 1963); W. R. Brock, An American Crisis: Congress and Reconstruction, 1865-1867 ( London, 1963); Charles H. Coleman , The Election of 1868: The Democratic Effort To Regain Control ( New York, 1933). A perceptive analysis of some of the historical problems involved is Larry Kincaid, "Victims of Circumstance: An Interpretation of Changing Attitudes Toward Republican Policy Makers and Reconstruction", Journal of American History, LVII June, 1970), 48-66.
Howard K. Beale, The Critical Year: A Study of Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction ( New York, 1930), p. 406.
The process of first deadlock and then compromise is described fully in Donald, Reconstruction, pp. 53-82; McKitrick, Reconstruction, pp. 449-60, 473-85; Larry G. Kincaid, The Legislative Origins of the Military Reconstruction Act, 1865-1867 (unpublished PhD dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, 1968).
Avery Craven, Reconstruction: The Ending of the Civil War ( New York, 1969), p. 275.
Benjamin P. Thomas and Harold M. Hyman, Stanton: The Life and Times of Lincoln's Secretary of War ( New York, 1962), pp. 471-565, passim (the quotation is from p. 534).
See discussion below, pp. 35, 67-70.
See Thomas and Hyman, Stanton, pp. 533-34, and discussion below, pp. 24, 34.
Craven, Reconstruction, p. 213; McKitrick, Reconstruction, pp. 486-91. An excellent recent survey of the literature on impeachment is James E. Sefton, "The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: A Century of Writing", Civil War History, XIV June, 1968), 120-47.
In this I find myself in disagreement with Hans L. Trefousse, "The Acquittal of Andrew Johnson and the Decline of the Radicals", Civil War History, XIV ( June, 1968), 148-61, who argues that the acquittal marked the beginning of the decline of radical influence on Republican policy.


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