Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-10-21 10:01:14 –
Robert Levin has already written a definitive biography of black abolitionist and civil rights leader Frederick Douglass.When Failed promise, He examines Douglas’ prolific speeches and editorials related to the trial of Andrew Johnson, the first impeachment of the President of the United States. Levine is fair to Johnson, who states that he is “racist, delusional, self-euphoric” but complex. He was a Southerner loyal to the coalition, the enemy of the planter aristocrats, and eventually urged the abolition of slavery. He was impeached for trying to thwart the parliamentary reconstruction plan. It may have driven the South (and the United States) on the path to racial justice. Douglas’s words remind us that the deeper issue was not a constitutional issue of federal authorities, but a deeply embedded issue of racism.