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22. Constitutional Crisis and Impeachment of a President

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The Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 119)

Professor Blight continues his discussion of the political history of Reconstruction. The central figure in the early phase of Reconstruction was President Andrew Johnson. Under Johnson's stewardship, southern whites held constitutional conventions throughout 1865, drafting new constitutions that outlawed slavery but changed little else. When the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress reassembled late in 1865, they put a stop to Johnson's leniency and inaugurated Radical (or Congressional) Reconstruction, a process that resulted in the immediate passage of the Civil Rights bill and the Fourteenth Amendment, and the eventual passage of four Reconstruction Acts. The Congressional elections in 1866 and Johnson's disastrous "Swing Around the Circle" speaking tour strengthened Radical control over Congress. Each step of the way, Johnson did everything he could to obstruct Congressional Reconstruction, setting the stage for his impeachment in 1868.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction
01:56 - Chapter 2. Johnson's Limited Stance and Approach to Reconstruction
14:49 - Chapter 3. The Republican Congress's Radical Reconstruction
25:41 - Chapter 4. The Reconstruction Amendments: Civil Rights and Citizenship
43:06 - Chapter 5. Johnson's "Swing Around the Circle" and Impeachment

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Spring 2008.

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