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America’s Unwritten Constitution by Akhil Reed Amar

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CHAPTER 1

READING BETWEEN THE LINES

America’s Implicit Constitution

The United States Senate deciding the fate of President Andrew Johnson, in a trial presided over by Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase.

THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF ANDREW JOHNSON (1868).

The United States Senate deciding the fate of President Andrew Johnson, in a trial presided over by Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase.

ON THE AFTERNOON OF MARCH 5, 1868, as the nation’s capital saw its first fair day in nearly a month, the Senate galleries filled to capacity. According to one press account, the ladies in the audience sparkled “with all the bright colors of brilliant toilettes.” Sitting in the presiding officer’s chair, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase solemnly summoned each senator to step forward and take an oath to do ...

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