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Andrew Johnson: The Drunken Demagogue

Andrew Johnson: The Drunken Demagogue

He was the follow-up act no one wanted: Johnson took office after Lincoln was assassinated, and spent his presidency making every sloppy, chaotic move he was capable of. Everything he did — from empowering ex-Confederates to spearheading a deranged speaking tour to calling for a Congressman to be hanged — led to disaster, death, and ultimately his own disgrace.   To view this episode’s full list of sources, please visit parcast.com/verypresidential

Duration: 38 min

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