Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Greenville Tennessee
Johnson was the first U.S president to be impeached. Greenville proudly accepts all the highs and lows of Johnson's political efforts. Everywhere you turn in you see streets, buildings, banks and many other locations named after Johnson. Impeachment came after battles between Johnson a democrat and radical republicans who once was on the side of Johnson became bitter. All of this of course was after the civil war and revolved around the reconstruction phases of the "New South". Johnson who was a slave owner stayed in office even after Tennessee left the union and continued to work on the side of the union cause.
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site honors the life and work of the nation's 17th President and preserves his two homes, tailor shop, and grave site. His presidency, from 1865 - 1869, illustrates the United States Constitution at work following Lincoln's assassination and during attempts to reunify a nation that had been torn by civil war. Classrooms attempt to teach students about the history of this nation, but nothing can take the place of experiencing the life of the people who has shaped the country in which we live. The story of Johnson holds true for many other early political leaders, poor, no education, self made men who had a vision of freedom for all people.