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 Posted: Wed Sep 10th, 2008 05:34 pm
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President Andrew Johnson is consider a failed president but this was not always case. He was consider a hero by the early 20th century historians as a knight against the Radical Republicans corrupt designs for the south. He start off with high marks by historians but as history it revisited his high marks fall...

He was lenient or the south someone would say to lenient. He appointed Governors that supported white rule in the south by passing  "Black Code " laws. He veto funding for the Freedmen Bureau, veto first civil rights law, veto the Reconstruction acts 1 & 2, and oppose the 14th amendment. He used his influence to stifle the 14th amendment being approved by the states, which failed. Many of the laws he veto were over turned by congress or passed in later years.  

I ask for one's opinion because the "lost cause fans" tend to dislike Johnson as much as the pro-union side does. Johnson was the best friend the white south could have had in the white house in 1865. He the one that pardon most of the X-confederates. The radicals tried twice to impeach the man and failed in both attempts.

I ask  for one's opinion because who is more right the historians form the first half of the 20th century or the ones form the second half of the 20th century. The man's record is not a mixed bag it is cleared so do historians have a problem with the answer...




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