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Worst President in History

Eric Foner: Impeaching Andrew Johnson, 24 September 2020

TheImpeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation 
by Brenda Wineapple.
Ballantine, 592 pp., £12.99, May, 978 0 8129 8791 1
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... and the right to vote? What should be the status of the four million emancipated slaves? As Brenda Wineapple shows in The Impeachers, Johnson’s problem was his failure to rise to the challenge of Reconstruction after the Civil War.When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865, Johnson, the vice president, succeeded him. Like his ...

Paean to Gaiety

Lorna Sage, 22 September 1994

The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture 
by Terry Castle.
Columbia, 322 pp., £20, January 1994, 0 231 07652 5
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... and fleshliness’ of the writing, and she takes Flanner’s conscientious biographer Brenda Wineapple to task for having produced a portrait of a ‘morose’, ‘neurotic’, veiled personality: ‘as long as a biographer remains imaginatively untouched by the sensual life of his or her subject – the result will be pale and ...

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