How Was Andrew Johnson Doomed From The Beginning Of His Political Career

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Andrew Johnson was doomed from the beginning of his political career when Lincoln asked for his vice-presidency. Johnson was an untrusted Southern Democrat that was not worth his weight in gold. After the assassination of Lincoln, the Radical Republicans had hoped his hatred for the planter aristocrats would help their cause in the form of the Wade-Davis bill. His rooted beliefs to help the less fortunate vanished when he realized his power over the southern aristocrats and passed the "10%" Reconstruction Plan instead. He pardoned the southern congress men, accused of treason, and continued to veto bills that would promote the freedmen. Once the Republicans in congress realized they could over turn Johnson's vetoes, they no longer feared "Andy

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