Crash Course: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Dr. Megan Bever of Missouri Southern State University stops by to give Jesse a history lesson on the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

In 1868, the first ever motion to impeach a president happened when Congress fought with then President Andrew Johnson about the path America should take for Reconstructionist America.

The argument stemmed from President Johnson’s want to give more power to poor white southern unionists and his want to restore southern states after the civil war. Congress wants to act more harshly on the former Confederates as well as wanting to secure citizenship and political rights for African Americans.

Dr. Bever informs us the difference in the platforms of the political parties as well as breaking down the whole story of America’s first impeached President.