Edwin Stanton, Andrew Johnson, Lincoln discussed on American History Tellers


Right. Like, we have the first president assassinated in the wake of the first in hopefully, only civil war. We have the first woman executed by the United States government. We have the first impeachment trial of sitting president. And in this time of all these new things happening, including you know, the Republican party coming to power. Our Edwin Stanton is sort of right there at the epicenter of all of it. And that's one of the many things it's sort of, you know, drew me to him and made me wanna tell his story, and, you know, create eighteen sixty five through the civil war Edwin Stanton is working with perhaps sometimes begrudgingly Lincoln both Republicans though, right and both sharing an ideology upon Lincoln's assassination. Andrew Johnson is now he was picked on Lincoln's ticket as a as a means to bridge the gap between north and south because Johnson was a southern democrat. But this when he becomes president opposes a very big problem for Stanton wonder, some of the main issues that Stanton faced and feared. Well, I think the main difference in the most reductive way to explain it possible between Johnson and Stanton is the Johnson is what we would call in modern day racist a big. He did not support the cause of the Friedman. He did not want political or civic quality and Stanton. Of course, did it was something from the time. He was very young. His father was a Quaker his father was an abolitionist Iran station on the underground railroad out of Stanton's childhood home. This was very much a part of the fabric of who Stanton was. And so these two men were truly diametrically opposed over an issue that on both sides of the coin both for Johnson, and for Stanton was one of the key fundamental values that they held and so certainly they they did not find a lot of common ground on that question. And then also the question of what to do with the southern states. Right. I mean, we just fought the civil war where you know, the confederacy has now surrendered the question is, well, what are we going to do? Now. Are we going to be lenient to the southern governments? Are we going to allow the south to rejoin the union and reclaim their seat at the table. Or we going to punish them for their their secession for this bloody war that they. Waged against the union and certainly on that question as well. Johnson and Stanton fell very opposite sides of the coin Stanton wanted very punitive policies as it relates to reconstruction Johnson wanted to pardon the south that desire to pardon the south wasn't necessarily pure. You know, there was there was political expediency involved, certainly the south rejoining the union made a border state man, like Johnson, who's popular in the border states. Johnson us from the south it certainly gave him more political power because as you said Johnson was sort of compromised choice for vice president write Lincoln picked him because he would be popular in the border states with the southern people. So it's a very very complicated time, these these weeks months and years after the war ends, and after Lincoln's assassination, and that drama between Stanton and Johnson over, you know, the very future of our country sort. Climaxes with the first impeachment proceeding in the United States history..

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