A Companion to Reconstruction Presidents presents a series of original essays that explore a variety of important issues, themes, and debates associated with the presidencies of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes.
Represents the first comprehensive look at the presidencies of Johnson, Grant, and Hayes in one volumeFeatures contributions from top historians and presidential scholarsApproaches the study of these presidents from a historiographical perspectiveKey topics include each president s political career; foreign policy; domestic policy; military history; and social context of their terms in office
Edward Frantz is Associate Professor of History at the University of Indianapolis. He is the author of The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877-1933 (2011).
Notes on Contributors viii Introduction 1 Part I Andrew Johnson 5 1 Andrew Johnson before the Presidency 7 Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein 2 Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction 24 Erik Mathisen 3 Andrew Johnson: Race, the Constitution, and Democracy 42 Aaron Astor 4 The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson 62 Luis Fuentes-Rohwer 5 Foreign Affairs and Andrew Johnson 85 Richard Zuczek Part II Ulysses S. Grant 121 6 Ulysses S. Grant: Birth to the Mexican American War 123 Pamela K. Sanfilippo 7 Ulysses S. Grant: Star on the Rise, 1861 1863 140 Brian Steel Wills 8 Ulysses S. Grant: The Making of a Military Politician, 1861 1865 165 Brian Holden Reid 9 The General-in-Chief, 1864 1865 188 William B. Feis 10 Ulysses S. Grant Goes to Washington: The Commanding General as Secretary of War 214 James J. Broomall 11 The 1868 and 1872 Elections 235 Andrew Prymak 12 Looking for the Popular Culture of Grant s America 257 Woody Register 13 Reconstruction during the Grant Years: The Conundrum of Policy 275 Thomas R. Pegram 14 Flames in the West: American Expansion, Federal Indian Policy, and the Transformation of Indigenous Lives in the Age of Grant 295 Eric J. Morser 15 Avoiding War: The Foreign Policy of Ulysses S. Grant and Hamilton Fish 311 Stephen McCullough 16 Grant and Historical Memory 328 John F. Marszalek 17 Grant and Heroic Leadership 343 Frank J. Williams 18 Engagement Rather Than Escape: Ulysses S. Grant s World Tour, 1877 1879 353 William M. Ferraro Part III Rutherford B. Hayes 387 19 Crushing the Traitors: Rutherford B. Hayes in the Civil War 389 John R. Lundberg 20 Rutherford B. Hayes: The Road to the White House 403 Allan Peskin 21 Election of 1876/Compromise of 1877 415 Marc-William Palen 22 Hayes and Civil Service Reform 431 Ari Hoogenboom 23 The Shattered Dream: The Shock of Industrialization and the Crisis of the Free Labor Ideal 452 Eric Leif Davin 24 Lifting the Veil of Obscurity?: Lucy Webb Hayes, America s First First Lady 475 Katherine E. Rohrer Part IV The Age of Reconstruction 497 25 Edison and the Age of Invention 499 David Hochfelder 26 Centennial Celebrations 517 John Hepp 27 Community Responsibilities, Citizenship Rights: Gender and Power in the Reconstruction Era 538 Michelle Kuhl 28 Playing on a New Field: The U.S. Supreme Court in Reconstruction 562 Roman J. Hoyos 29 Scandal, Corruption 581 Robert W. Burg 30 Ex-Presidents in the Age of Reconstruction 601 Edward O. Frantz Index 617