The leaders you thought you knew.

This American President is a history podcast that delves into the lives and legacies of the men who have occupied the White House. Each episode immerses you in an era of history by examining the life of a U.S. President. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal.

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Smile of the Demagogue (Andrew Johnson)

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He came from humble beginnings. He was born in a log cabin and had virtually no education. Through hard work, he rose to become a successful businessman. He fell in love and was married for almost 50 years. His life was the epitome of the American dream.

He found his calling in politics. He was known as a man of the people, especially the poor and downtrodden. He identified with them and he consistently fought for their interests. They returned him to office again and again. He was their fighter and their champion. He was also one of the most experienced men to ever become president of the United States.

And yet, Andrew Johnson is universally regarded as one of the worst and most hated presidents in American history. How is this possible? You’ll find out in this episode of This American President.

Show Notes

If you want to learn more about today’s episode, check out the book Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David Stewart.

The song played during the outro is Tennessee Mine by Sam Hill.

The trailer played at the end is from the 1942 film Tennessee Johnson.

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