SWINGING AROUND THE CIRCLE. SUNG AT THE SOLDIERS & SAILORS CONVENTION AT PITTSBURGH, SEPT. 1866, BY THE AUTHOR, AND RECEIVED WITH UNBOUNDED APPLAUSE. COMPOSED BY E.W. LOCKE. Andrew Johnson.
SWINGING AROUND THE CIRCLE. SUNG AT THE SOLDIERS & SAILORS CONVENTION AT PITTSBURGH, SEPT. 1866, BY THE AUTHOR, AND RECEIVED WITH UNBOUNDED APPLAUSE. COMPOSED BY E.W. LOCKE.

SWINGING AROUND THE CIRCLE. SUNG AT THE SOLDIERS & SAILORS CONVENTION AT PITTSBURGH, SEPT. 1866, BY THE AUTHOR, AND RECEIVED WITH UNBOUNDED APPLAUSE. COMPOSED BY E.W. LOCKE.

Boston: G.D. Russell & Company, 126 Tremont, [1866]. 4to. 5. [1 blank] pp. Disbound and lightly toned, Good+.

A satire of Johnson's disastrous 'swing around the circle.' Attempting to rally voter support for his pro-Southern Reconstruction policies, he embarrassed himself and destroyed his hopes for political survival. Johnson's intemperate attacks on Republicans produced a Republican landslide.
Johnson had been added to Lincoln's ticket in 1864 because he courageously supported the Union throughout Tennessee. But this Border State War Democrat, born in poverty, never shed his State Rights ideology. Lacking any moral objections to slavery, he opposed secession from a visceral envy and hatred of the plantation aristocracy. Once that class had been humbled, he saw no obstacle to restoring the rebel States to power, pardoning former Confederates en masse and leaving freed slaves vulnerable to the white majority. A stubborn man, he refused to compromise with a Congress which fiercely opposed him. The Soldiers and Sailors Convention bitterly denounced Johnson's policies and attacked him mercilessly.
The song, with music, begins with a reference to Johnson's embarrassing, drunken inaugural address as Vice President. "A bold and mighty tailor went on a Western trip, To see his new relations and exercise his lip; To keep his valor burning, he often took a nip; To keep his valor burning, he often took a nip."
Levy Collection, Box 006 Item 096, recorded at OCLC 726919958 [1] as of February 2022. Not in Wolf, Dichter & Shapiro. Item #38164

Price: $600.00

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