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Tribune, Washington Chronicle, and N. Y. WorId, but they have all stopped coming. ' a E. L. McKitrick, Andrew}ohnson and Reconstruction (Chicago, 1960), Ch. 7, seetion IV passim. 1 Under these circumstances, the people of the South followed their natural preferences and chose for State offices the respected leaders of the Confederacy. More discretion might have been expected in the choice of senators and representatives for Congress, but the delegations which presented themselves at Washington in December - and included several Confederate congressmen and members of State legislatures under the Confederacy, four generals and five colonels of the Confederate army, and Alexander H.

This withdrawal from the real world of polities became disastrous when the people whose wishes would decide policy were those of the Northern and Midwestern States whose opinions Johnson never had understood and never would. * * * * During the five weeks after he became President J ohnson reached the decision from which he never afterwards withdrew, and on 29 May 1865 he issued a Proclarnation of Amnesty and a Proclamation on North Carolina which was to be the model for others issued to all those Southern States which had not already set up governments under the Lincoln plan.

With an invalid wife and a drunken son, working enormously long hours at his desk, and seeing the world as a suecession of faces whieh appeared before him for brief interviews, he created the self-portrait of a man of the people who could interpret their wishes without listening to what they were saying. This withdrawal from the real world of polities became disastrous when the people whose wishes would decide policy were those of the Northern and Midwestern States whose opinions Johnson never had understood and never would.

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