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Bergeron, Paul H. 1938-

Overview
Works: 47 works in 116 publications in 1 language and 5,090 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Sources  Manuscripts  History  Records and correspondence  Archives 
Roles: Other, Editor, Publishing director
Classifications: E416, B
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Most widely held works by Paul H Bergeron
The presidency of James K. Polk by Paul H Bergeron ( Book )
13 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"James K. Polk was one of the strongest and most active presidents ever to occupy the office. In the nineteenth century only Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln matched his overall leadership and domination of national government. Bergeron's crisp, insightful narrative shows how and why Polk achieved such stature and yet failed to attract the kind of popular support or retrospective recognition granted other presidential luminaries." --Publisher
Andrew Johnson's Civil War and Reconstruction by Paul H Bergeron ( )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
“Bergeron has written a very original book quite unlike any modern study of Johnson. Bound to create quite a bit of controversy among scholars and Civil War enthusiasts, Bergeron seeks to provide a balanced analysis of this much-vilified figure.” —John David Smith, Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History, UNC Charlotte “This book serves as a much-needed reflection on the most recent scholarship on Andrew Johnson and provides the perspective of a historian who has a justifiable claim to be the most prominent expert on Johnson. Bergeron moves beyond simplistic arguments based on Johnson’s racism to place his presidency within the politics of the period. He provides a more complex, and effective, perspective on the issues as Johnson tried to pursue the ‘politics of the possible.’” —Richard B. McCaslin, author of Andrew Johnson: A Bibliography Few figures in American political history are as reviled as Andrew Johnson, the seventeenth president of the United States. Taking office after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, he clashed constantly with Congress during the tumultuous early years of Reconstruction. He opposed federally-mandated black suffrage and the Fourteenth Amendment and vetoed the Freedmen’s Bureau and Civil Rights bills. In this new book, Paul H. Bergeron, a respected Johnson scholar, brings a new perspective on this often vilified figure. Previous books have judged Johnson out of the context of his times or through a partisan lens. But this volume—based on Bergeron’s work as the editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson—takes a more balanced approach to Johnson and his career. Admiring Johnson's unswerving devotion to the Union, Lincoln appointed him as military governor of Tennessee, a post, Bergeron argues, that enhanced Johnson's executive experience and his national stature. While governor, Johnson implemented the emancipation of slaves in the state and laid the foundation for a new civilian government. Bergeron also notes that Johnson developed a close connection with the president which eventually resulted in his vice-presidential candidacy. In many respects, therefore, Johnson's Civil War years served as preparation for his presidency. Bergeron moves beyond simplistic arguments based on Johnson’s racism to place his presidency within the politics of the day. Putting aside earlier analyses of the conflict between Johnson and the Republican Radicals as ideological disputes, Bergeron discusses these battles as a political power struggle. In doing so, he does not deny Johnson’s racism but provides a more nuanced and effective perspective on the issues as Johnson tried to pursue the “politics of the possible.” Bergeron interprets Johnson as a strong-willed, decisive, fearless, authoritarian leader in the tradition of Andrew Jackson. While never excusing Johnson’s inflexibility and extreme racism, Bergeron makes the case that, in proper context, Johnson can be seen at times as a surprisingly effective commander-in-chief—one whose approach to the problems of reestablishing the Union was defensible and consistent. With its fresh insight on the man and his times, Andrew Johnson’s Civil War and Reconstruction is indispensable reading for students and scholars of the U.S. presidency and the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Paul H. Bergeron was the editor of the Papers of Andrew Johnson, volumes 8–16, from 1987 to 2000. He is the author of The Presidency of James K. Polk and coauthor of Tennesseans and Their History. He is professor of history emeritus at the University of Tennessee
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
21 editions published between 1967 and 2000 in English and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Antebellum politics in Tennessee by Paul H Bergeron ( Book )
3 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tennesseans and their history by Paul H Bergeron ( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The history of Tennessee is full of dramatic episodes and colorful characters that give the Volunteer State its unique place in the American saga. From the bloody battle of Shiloh in 1862 to the Dayton "monkey trial" of 1925 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis in 1968, Tennessee has been the locale for many of the nation's most important events."--BOOK JACKET
Paths of the past : Tennessee, 1770-1970 by Paul H Bergeron ( Book )
2 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nineteenth-century America : essays in honor of Paul H. Bergeron ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson / February - July 1866 by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Jacksonian party on trial : presidential politics in Tennessee, 1836-1856 by Paul H Bergeron ( Book )
2 editions published between 1965 and 1975 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson / May - August 1865 by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Correspondence of James K. Polk, 1833-1834 by James K Polk ( Book )
4 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Message to Congress : December 4, 1865 by United States ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The papers of Andrew Johnson by Andrew Johnson ( Book )
3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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