The History Book Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 19th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss David O. Stewart’s “Impeached:
The History Book Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 19th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss David O. Stewart’s “Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy.”
Future meetings of the History Book Group will also be held at 6:00 p.m. In 1868, Congress impeached President Andrew Johnson of Tennessee, the man who had succeeded the murdered Lincoln. Enraged to see the freed slaves abandoned to brutal violence at the hands of their former owners, congressional Republicans seized on a legal technicality as the basis for impeachment—whether Johnson had the legal right to fire his own secretary of war. David Stewart challenges the traditional version of this pivotal moment in American history and explains how the Tennessean squandered Lincoln’s political legacy of equality and fairness and helped force the freed slaves into a brutal form of agricultural peonage across the South.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Decorah Public Library
202 Winnebago St