The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson

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Epilogue

THE SEVEN Republican senators who joined Democrats to defeat Johnson's removal were viciously attacked by many Republicans, as nearly everyone who has taken a course in American history or has read John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage knows. 1. But ever since Ralph Roske's debunking article, "The Seven Martyrs?," was published, historians have recognized that the legend has been exaggerated. 2. In fact, considering the stakes involved, Republican anger at the recusants was remarkably short-lived. Radicals continued to demand the dissidents' scalps, but Republican nonradicals immediately warned of the dangerous consequences of following such a policy with a presidential election approaching and the Democrats considering the nomination of Chase. "The impeachment trial is a failure," the conservative Cincinnati Commercial observed, "it need not be a disaster." 3. At the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago on May 19 and 20, only a few days after the failure of impeachment, the efforts of radicals to persuade delegates to issue a formal repudiation of

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1.
Kennedy, Profiles in Courage (New York, 1956), 126-51.
2.
Ralph J. Roske, "The Seven Martyrs?," American Historical Review, LXIV (January 1959), 323-30.
3.
Cincinnati Commercial, May 16, 1868, p. 6; May 13, 1868, p. 4; May 21, 1868, p. 4; Chicago Tribune, May 11, 1868, p. 2; New York Nation, May 14, 1868, pp. 384-85; John Murray Forbes to Fessenden, May 23, 1868, quoted in Sarah F. Hughes, ed., Letters and Recollections of John Murray Forbes, 2 vols. (Boston, 1899), II, 164‐ 65 ; Henry J. Bowditch to Sumner, May 18, 1868; F. V. Balch to Sumner, May 18, 1868; Edward Atkinson to Sumner, June 1, 1868, Sumner Mss.

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  • The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson *
  • Contents *
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - Andrew Johnson, the Republicans, and Reconstruction 1
  • 2 - Presidential Obstruction and the Law of Impeachment 26
  • 3 - The Politics of Impeachment 61
  • 4 - Johnson Forces the Issue 89
  • 5 - Trial 126
  • 6 - Verdict 168
  • Epilogue 181
  • Appendix 185
  • A Bibliographical Review 192
  • Index 203
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