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The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Brenda Wineapple, Alexander B. Heffner (moderator)
Wed, August 14th, 2019 | 7:00 pm


The New-York Historical Society is thrilled to partner with the Bryant Park Reading Room to present a series of free programs in the park. Now in its tenth summer, this year’s Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room series features a rich selection of topics, including government and politics, presidential biography, and the Civil War.

Following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson ascended to the highest office of a nation reeling from the confusion and contention that followed a devastating civil war. After a series of grievous missteps and displays of unchecked power, Congress began a process that would culminate in the first impeachment of a sitting American president. Explore this pivotal moment in American history and the roles of key leaders of the era, including Frederick Douglass and Ulysses S. Grant.

Brenda Wineapple, a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal, is the author of The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just NationAlexander B. Heffner (moderator) is the co-author of A Documentary History of the United States and the host of The Open Mind, the weekly PBS talk show. His work has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other leading publications as well as on NBC News, NPR, and CNN, among other media outlets.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the yellow and white umbrellas.

Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.

Creative: Tronvig Group