Johnson, Andrew

Johnson, Andrew

Andrew Johnson US President – 1865-69 Born: December 29, 1808 Biography of Andrew Johnson Courtesy of the Library of Congress With the Assassination of Lincoln, the Presidency fell upon an old-fashioned southern Jacksonian Democrat of pronounced states’ rights views. Although an honest and honorable man, Andrew Johnson was one of the most unfortunate of Presidents. Arrayed against him were the Radical Republicans in Congress, brilliantly led and ruthless in their tactics. Johnson was no match for them. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1808, Johnson grew up in poverty. He was apprenticed to a tailor as a boy, but ran away. He opened a tailor shop in Greeneville, Tennessee, married Eliza McCardle, and participated in debates at the local academy. Entering politics, he became an adept stump speaker, championing the common man and vilifying the plantation aristocracy. As a Member of the House of Representatives and the Senate in the 1840’s and ’50’s, he advocated a homestead bill to provide a free farm for the poor man. During the secession crisis, Johnson remained in the Senate even when Tennessee seceded, which made him a hero in the North and a traitor in the eyes of most Southerners. In 1862 President Lincoln appointed him Military Governor of Tennessee, and Johnson used the state as a laboratory for reconstruction. In 1864 the Republicans, contending that their National Union Party was for all loyal men, nominated Johnson, a Southerner and a Democrat, for Vice President. After Lincoln’s death, President Johnson proceeded to reconstruct the former Confederate States while Congress was not in session in 1865. He pardoned all who would take an...
Tacky Lights Across the USA

Tacky Lights Across the USA

  Each year in Richmond, Virginia they hold a tacky lights competition. To qualify the house must use at least 10,000 lights, and those barely qualify. The top contenders use over 125,000 lights! Add the extreme light competitors in your area to the tacky lights tour USA map, and celebrate Christmas with the best. Best House in Richmond for Christmas Time When you mouse over the icons on the Tacky Lights Tour map, you’ll see where the ultimate houses are, and how many lights they use on their design. Some of these contestants start October 1st to outfit their homes for the holidays. Whether they are decorating for their Mom, their kids, or themselves, these amazing Christmas decorators light up the night and the holiday with their amazing holiday light displays. Visit the Tacky Light Tour site. Some Additional Christmas Wackiness from Things From Another Planet Christmas Carol: The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge HC Price: 11.99Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol , is given a fresh twist-with a female Scrooge! Rod Espinosa ( The Courageous Princess ) adapts and illustrates this story of the miserly Eliza Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of the past, present, and future on one fateful Christmas eve. * This hardcover volume makes a perfect gift for the coming season! Zombies Christmas Carol TPB Price: 15.99There will be no singing this Christmas – only screaming! Marvel presents Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas CarolÖwith a ghoulish twist! As London is overrun by a plague known as the ‘Hungry Death’ – a disease spreading rapidly among the surplus population –...
Stocking Stuffers – Scrabble

Stocking Stuffers – Scrabble

I love stocking stuffers! Some of the best things at Christmas used to show up in my stocking. Some of the strangest things too, but that’s a story for another time. If you have someone who loves stocking stuffers, then take a look at these Scrabble® goodies for the Scrabble lover in your home for the holidays.

Santa Wigs and Beard Sets

Santa Wigs and Beard Sets

Looking to dress the part of Santa? Make sure that your wig and beard are in proper form. Santa Deluxe Wig Beard Instructions included. Eye glasses sold separately. Eyebrows not included. Economy Santa Beard Wig Set Adult Wig and beard. Does not include glasses. Santa Deluxe Wig Beard Instructions included. Eye glasses sold separately. Eyebrows not included. Cite this… (new...
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