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In The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Dr. Robert S. Levine tells the story of Frederick Douglass’s heated struggle with President Andrew Johnson over the rights of Black Americans in the years immediately following the Civil War.
Dr. Levine recounts the conflicts that led to Johnson’s impeachment from the perspective of Douglass and the wider Black community.
In counterpointing the lives and careers of Douglass and Johnson, Dr. Levine offers a new perspective on the lost promise and dire failure of Reconstruction.
Dr. Robert S. Levine is a Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, with wide interests in 19th-century American literature and culture and a particular fascination with the life and work of Frederick Douglass.