Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868

Get to know President Andrew Johnson and see how the polarization of the country in the 1860s rivaled anything we have seen in the last few decades.
Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 25.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too many anecdotes It was good overall, but too many anecdotes were used, making it appear to be biased in some respects.
Date published: 2021-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Informative It packed a lot of clear, interesting and heart wrenching information into a concise and clear narrative
Date published: 2021-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The evil of Partisan Politics This is a very good overview of a period of US history not often discussed in the classroom. In JFK's 1956 'Profiles in Courage', Edmund G. Ross (senator from Missouri) is applauded for his acquittal vote in the trial of Andrew Johnson. Fast forward to the 21st century and this documentary-type lecture and we get a more complicated view of this senator...one not entirely favorable. Is this revisionism? Another striking thing about this lecture is the apparent reference to former President Trump (though never mentioned directly). The portrayal of Andrew Johnson as an unashamed demagogue and populist , even giving him a somewhat sinister voice, presents a somewhat biased view of him and his anti-black legislation. Since I am a fan of neither Johnson nor Trump, I'm not bothered by this bias...but recognize that that bias exists. It is interesting that, no matter how bad Johnson's actions were, his impeachment trial ended in acquittal...much the same as Trump's second trial. How did Johnson garner this senatorial support (partisan politics...Ross was not alone in his vote) when he was so obviously guilty? How did he remain in politics so long after he left the presidency? Will history repeat itself with the career of Donald J Trump? Recommended...I dinged it one star because of the bias.
Date published: 2021-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Best presentation on the impeachment I have ever seen
Date published: 2021-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening I am a history buff, but I did not know the details of who Andrew Johnson was. His dependence on emotion and his exclusion of reason in decision making are uncannily similar to Trump. I wish our society was better at learning from history.
Date published: 2021-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice documentary This course, although short, was large in information and well written.
Date published: 2021-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish there were more! I enjoyed the way the course was laid out. I was continuously interested because it was not a typical boring course with a professor standing and talking. There were visuals to add which made it fun! I wish there were more than just this one lecture.
Date published: 2021-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In depth presentation of a significant event I was very impressed by this film about the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson. I until now never had the chance to pursue an indepth exploration of this President and how his time in office lead to impeachment, my previous exposure having been a mere footnote in high school US history class. It is a film I will watch many times and will have as a life long reference to intellectually digest with parallels to draw to present times.
Date published: 2020-05-20
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Overview

Experience a dramatic, often-overlooked period of American history with this unique narrative documentary that delves into the story of the first impeachment.
Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868

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Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868

01: Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868

Experience a dramatic, often-overlooked period of American history with this unique narrative documentary that delves into the story of the first impeachment.

78 min