A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents 1865-1881 by Edward O. Frantz PDF

By Edward O. Frantz

ISBN-10: 1444339281

ISBN-13: 9781444339284

A spouse to Reconstruction Presidents presents a chain of unique essays that discover various very important matters, issues, and debates linked to the presidencies of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. furnish, and Rutherford B. Hayes.

  • Represents the 1st complete examine the presidencies of Johnson, provide, and Hayes in a single volume
  • Features contributions from most sensible historians and presidential scholars
  • Approaches the examine of those presidents from a historiographical perspective
  • Key themes comprise every one president’s political occupation; overseas coverage; family coverage; army background; and social context in their phrases in office

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According to Milton, Johnson had the misfortune to have been president during an “age of hate” and had he been in office at another moment in history, Andrew Johnson’s record would not have been so ­tarnished by his detractors (Milton, 1930). There were certainly those who worked to debunk this prevailing interpretation at the same time as it was being constructed. B. Du Bois, in his penetrating study of Reconstruction, excoriated Johnson for his disregard of African Americans. Du Bois sharpened Beale’s line of argument, depicting Johnson as an incompetent executive.

Du Bois and the social history school of Reconstruction, while at the same time sewing a fresh thread into the narrative. Foner argued that Reconstruction was more than just a battle over the terms of Union. It was a fight over the meaning of citizenship and freedom in the postwar republic. Rather than seeing the era as an unmitigated tragedy, Foner viewed Reconstruction as a positive and revolutionary shift in political, economic, and social relations. If tragic elements were to be found in the story, it was in the lack of vision evinced by the nation’s political leadership.

Living much of his early life a long way from personal independence, Johnson would also come to see slavery as an institution which prevented men like himself from 26 e r i k m at h i s e n rising on the strength of their own ambitions. Johnson’s own ambition pushed him to run away from his apprenticeship, where he used what he had learned to set up his own tailoring business in Laurens, North Carolina. When he failed to make amends with his former master, he and his family made a break for Tennessee, where he opened his own shop in Greeneville.

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