Andrew Johnson's Impeachment

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  • The Congress wanted Andrew Johnson to punish the South and change Lincoln's cabinet but he did not listen. This created tension between them.
  • You need to be tougher on the South!
  • No!
  • While Congress was not in session, Andrew Johnson issued his Proclamation of Amnesty. He did this also to show Congress who he thought was in charge of the Reconstruction process..
  • Congress not in Session
  • On March 27, 1866, Johnson vetoed the Civil Rights Bill, which would give citizenship to all people born in the United States. Congress overrode his veto which created more disagreements between Congress and President Johnson.
  • We are passing the Civil rights bill. It will be fair to all people!
  • Not without my consent. I will not allow it!
  • President Andrew Johnson traveled around the country delivering "Swing around the Circle" speeches. He did this to gather support and save his image. He continued to call Congress dis-unionists and the speeches did not work.
  • Hello, everyone! Please help support me and my plan for reconstructing the South.
  • The Congress tried to pass the First Reconstruction Act but Johnson vetoed the Act. Congress quickly overrode it and the new Act passed.
  • We are passing the Reconstruction Act. It will divide the South into 5 districts to enforce the new policy.
  • No, I am in control of Reconstruction in the South!
  • President Johnson temporarily suspended Secretary of War Edwin Stanton while Congress is out of session. Congress finds this a flagrant violation of the Tenure of Office Act and impeaches Johnson.
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