Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868

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  • Hear the history behind the headlines.
  • Get an in-depth and evenhanded view of an often-overlooked period in American history.
  • Discover the factual history of this case unfolds like a fictional story.

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The Great Courses is proud to present Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868 This first-time-ever original narrative documentary is a unique and entertaining retelling of the turbulent yet fascinating events leading up to and through the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. You’ll hear “first-hand” from the characters themselves—including Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, and others who were involved—as you get an in-depth and evenhanded view of an often-overlooked period in American history. And these characters are probably unlike anyone you have encountered. With back-stabbings, acts of violence, twists and turns, and a cult of personalities, the factual history of this case unfolds like a fictional story.

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    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. x

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Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Living History Great History, So many pieces brought together. It really colored the picture of what happened and why we are the Nation we are today.
Date published: 2020-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Most of this was new to me My knowledge of American history after Lincoln's death was very sketchy. I learned so much about the time period and the men who were part of the power structure of America.
Date published: 2020-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course, one of my favorites, of all the courses I have taken with Great Courses through the years. Unbiassed presenter with a very organized style to his lectures.
Date published: 2020-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth it Normally don’t buy downloads because I’m old fashioned and like the disks. I decided to try downloading it because I was interested in watching that night. Film is excellent, watched it straight through. There will be more like this in the future. Well done
Date published: 2020-02-05
Date published: 2020-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important history lesson Bravo! to the team at the Great Courses that produced this great video at a price all of those who are interested in understanding the historical events of their country can afford to buy and benefit from it. This Great Courses video captures all the essential elements of narrating an important event in the history of a country, in this case the United States of America. It is accurate, precise, concise, relevant and timely. In presenting the events surrounding the impeachment of 1868 in their historic context, this video illustrates the best traditions and standards established by long line of well respected historians, from Herodotus, Thucydides to Edward Gibbon. It is a shining example of teaching of history at its best. The producers of this video have made the best use of modern digital tools to tell a riveting story about a nation in peril, political turmoil and in danger of perishing from the horrors unleashed by very human traits of hubris, uncotrolled ego, greed, hate, rage, deep rooted prejudices and fears. I hope the Great Courses, through targeted efforts, will try to get this video to the younger generation of Americans who are most in need of understanding the lessons of this historic event. After all, what is the point of learning history? Studying history helps citizens of a country avoid the mistakes of the past while confronting similar problems in the present and in the future. It is worth remembering the famous reply Mr. Benjamin Franklin gave to a question from a fellow American Mrs. Elizabeth Willing Powel: a Republic, if you can keep it. Keeping "it" a Republic means American citizens - the present and the future - having a good, accurate and unbiased understanding historic events like the impeachment of 1868 based on historic facts and willing to act on the basis of the vital lessons their nation's history has taught them.
Date published: 2020-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Apppropriate information for current period Most of us know of the first impeachment of a President, that against President Andrew Johnson, but I am sure most people are like me and really had no idea of what was at the basis of the proceedings. This history lesson makes it clear that Johnson's sympathy was with the slave owners and by his decisions he was trying to reverse the outcome of the Civil War and thereby to nullify everything that Lincoln and so many soldiers had fought and died for.
Date published: 2020-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very timely. I gave it to my sister for her birthday. She loved it and said she was on the edge of her seat the whole time.
Date published: 2020-01-23
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