Presidents

Andrew Johnson

Annette Gordon-Reed

About the Program

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed presents a biography of the 17th President of the United States, Andrew Johnson (1865-1869).  A Southern Democrat who remained aligned with the Union, Johnson was Abraham Lincoln's Vice President at the start of his second term, and succeeded Lincoln following the assassination of the President.  Ms. Gordon-Reed recounts President Johnson's reticence to provide civil rights to recently freed slaves and his inability to provide leadership to a nation still recovering from the Civil War.  Annette Gordon-Reed recounts the presidential tenure of Andrew Johnson at the Philadelphia Free Library.

About the Authors

Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is a history and law professor at Harvard Unversity.  She is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, was the recipient of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in History.  Ms Gordon-Reed is a MacArthur Fellow and has been awarded the National Humanities Medal.


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Past Airings

  • Tuesday, February 21st at 5am (ET)
  • Monday, February 20th at 8:30pm (ET)
  • Tuesday, May 31st at 1am (ET)
  • Monday, May 30th at 1pm (ET)
  • Saturday, April 9th at 8am (ET)
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