“Raleigh’s Own President” - Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson Bicentennial Commemorated at State Capitol
At noon on Monday, December 1, 2008, Dan Carter, emeritus professor of history at the University of South Carolina, spoke to a capacity crowd of over 150 in the House Chamber of the State Capitol on “Andrew Johnson and the Challenge of Leadership after the Civil War.” The occasion was the bicentennial of the birth of the seventeenth President. Andrew Johnson was born in a kitchen building serving Casso’s Tavern one block south of the Capitol on December 29, 1808. Professor Carter, who completed his doctorate under George Brown Tindall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of important works on the Scottsboro Boys and on George Wallace. He is also the author of When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867 (Louisiana State University Press, 1985). Since his retirement, he and his wife Jane have relocated to a community near Brevard.
|The Old House Chamber in the State Capitol|
Following the lecture, Carter assisted in the ribbon-cutting to open an exhibit on the second floor of the Capitol dedicated to Johnson’s life. The event was the first of many programs planned by the Office of Archives and History to commemorate the bicentennial of the Civil War.