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The Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial
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by Douglas O. Linder (c) 1999 
In May, 1868, the Senate came within a single vote of taking the unprecedented step of removing a president from office.  Although the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson was ostensibly about a violation of the Tenure of Office Act, it was about much more than that.  Also on trial in 1868 were Johnson's lenient policies towards Reconstruction and his vetoes of the Freedmen's Bureau Act and the Civil Rights Act.  The trial was, above all else, a political trial....(cont.--->)
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