with our guests
Paul H. Bergeron and David O. Stewart
- Distinguished Scholars and Authors
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Campbell Law School, Rm 105
Two hours of general CLE credit is available. The cost of the lectures for CLE credit is $50.00. To register for CLE credit, email Kory Swanson.
Join us for dinner and an evening discussion as distinguished historians Paul H. Bergeron and David O. Stewart tackle one of the most controversial presidents in United States history—Raleigh native, President Andrew Johnson.
Paul Bergeron: “From U.S. Senator to Impeached President: Seven Things To Know About Andrew Johnson”
A 2009 C-Span poll ranked Andrew Johnson as 41st out of 43 presidents--perhaps because, as Hugh McCulloch observed many years ago, "No public man . . . has been so imperfectly understood" as Johnson. The challenge to understand Johnson remains. His career as U.S. Senator and as Military Governor of Tennessee revealed a heroic and effective public servant. As president, Johnson faced the monumental and daunting task of "restoring" the war-torn and divided nation--the magnitude of which few have acknowledged. This lecture delves into several aspects of Johnson's often controversial career in the 1860s and thereby strives to "understand" him.
David Stewart: “The Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson”
This lecture will explore the first presidential impeachment, which grew from the collision between Congress and President Andrew Johnson over the nation's direction following the Civil War. All of the passions of that bloody war were channeled through the constitutional impeachment process as lawyers, senators and citizens puzzled over the meaning of "high crimes and
misdemeanors" and the complexities of the Tenure of Office Act. Johnson escaped removal from office by a single senator's vote. Was it a triumph for the rule of law, or of corrupt politics?
Paul H. Bergeron is a preeminent Andrew Johnson scholar and is now Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Tennessee. Bergeron earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has been a professor at Vanderbilt University and then later at the University of Tennessee. Bergeron was Director of the Andrew Johnson Papers Project and was the editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson (Volumes 8-16).
He is also an authority on antebellum politics and his numerous publications include, Correspondence of James K. Polk. Volumes 1 & 2 (co-editor); Paths of the Past: Tennessee, 1770-1970; Tennesseans and Their History; Antebellum Politics in Tennessee; and The Presidency of James K. Polk. His next work, Andrew Johnson’s Civil War and Reconstruction, a much-needed political biography, will be released in April.
David O. Stewart is author of The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution (2007), a Washington Post bestseller and winner of the Washington Writing Award for Best Book of 2007. Stewart also wrote Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy (2009), a Davis-Kidd bestseller. His forthcoming American Emperor, Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America will be published in October.
Stewart has been a trial lawyer for more than 25 years and has defended accused criminals, challenged government actions as unconstitutional, and argued many appeals (including two before the U.S. Supreme Court). He developed a fascination with impeachment when serving as principal defense counsel during the Senate impeachment trial of Judge Walter L. Nixon, Jr. of Mississippi. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and served as law clerk to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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