Andrew Johnson: a biographical companion by Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein

By Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein

This A–Z encyclopedia presents conscientiously chosen entries protecting the folk, occasions, and ideas proper to Andrew Johnson's life.

• greater than 350 entries conceal the 5 a long time of Andrew Johnson's winning profession, from 1828–1875

• chosen unique files contain the Articles of Impeachment, speeches, proclamations, vetoes, and letters

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Nowhere were these points of contention more obvious than in the matter of presidential amnesties. As with most aspects of Reconstruction, there was no easy answer to the question of how to treat Southerners who had participated in or aided the rebellion. S. society and politics, with all the rights and privileges of loyal citizens. But disagreement existed over what sort of balance should be struck between conciliation and punishment. Surely those responsible for four Page 5 years of bloody war must be made to pay, either figuratively or literally, for the damage they had done.

But Black used this relationship with the president to try to pressure Johnson to do something for his Alta Vela clients. ” Black continued to write to Johnson about the Alta Vela issue both during and after the impeachment crisis. ” He claimed that Santo Domingo had no title to the island but that Seward had made one up for that country and thus betrayed his own fellow citizens. ’’ Although Black apparently ceased to write to Johnson after this, his son Chauncey Black protested that Seward had failed to forward all the important Alta Vela documents to Congress for consideration and urged Johnson to take action.

Negotiations began anew under President Ulysses S. Grant and his secretary of state, Hamilton Fish, resulting in the Treaty of Washington, ratified May 21, 1871. The treaty itself and the ensuing decisions differed little from Johnson’s convention. An international tribunal was created, consisting of representatives from Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, and the two contending parties, and presided over by Otto von Bismarck of Germany. 5 million (which Great Britain paid in 1873), reprimanded England for its violation of neutrality laws, and established new maritime neutrality laws.

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