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Ill Literacy, Episode 42: The Failed Promise (Guest: Robert S. Levine)

September 13, 2021

In Episode 42 of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Robert S. Levine, author of “The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Robert S. Levine of University of Maryland, College Park to discuss his new book, The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. They discuss the relationship between Douglass and Johnson, how many black leaders viewed the Johnson administration with hope at its start, and how that hope in Johnson quickly fell apart.

Get the book here: https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324004752/about-the-book/description

Show Notes:

Los Angeles Review of Books: Robert S. Levine – “Frederick Douglass and the Trouble with Critical Race Theory”

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/frederick-douglass-and-the-trouble-with-critical-race-theory/

The New York Times: Jennifer Szalai – “When Frederick Douglass Met Andrew Johnson”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/30/books/review-failed-promise-reconstruction-frederick-douglass-andrew-johnson-robert-levine.html

Politics and Prose: Robert Levine — The Failed Promise (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH-sTCsS6iM

U.S. National Archives: The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTs9jE5xBzc

The Wall Street Journal: Randall Fuller – “‘The Failed Promise’ Review: The Mad King and the Lost Cause”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-failed-promise-review-reconstruction-frederick-douglass-andrew-johnson-impeachment-11629475849

The Washington Post: DeNeen L. Brown – “An abolitionist’s hope meets a president’s hypocrisy”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/an-abolitionists-hope-meets-a-presidents-hypocrisy/2021/09/02/47977920-ff59-11eb-ba7e-2cf966e88e93_story.html

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @HeartlandGR