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Andrew Johnson

Data di nascita: 29. Dicembre 1808
Data di morte: 31. Luglio 1875

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Andrew Johnson è stato un politico statunitense.

Johnson fu eletto nel 1865 come vicepresidente di Abraham Lincoln, e gli succedette alla massima carica quando questi fu assassinato, diventando il 17º Presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America.

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Frasi Andrew Johnson

„Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom.“

— Andrew Johnson
Context: Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom. But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people, from whom it derives its existence, it should, from the very consideration of its origin, be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities. Monopolies, perpetuities, and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government, and ought not to be allowed. Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies; the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry. Wherever monopoly attains a foothold, it is sure to be a source of danger, discord, and trouble. We shall but fulfill our duties as legislators by according "equal and exact justice to all men," special privileges to none.

„There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the people to govern themselves.“

— Andrew Johnson
Context: There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the people to govern themselves. To all who entertain such fears I will most respectfully say that I entertain none... If a man is not capable, and is not to be trusted with the government of himself, is he to be trusted with the government of others... Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man — for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs. Statement (1853) as quoted in Andrew Johnson, Plebeian and Patriot (1928) by Robert Watson Winston.

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„I know that damned Douglass; he's just like any nigger“

— Andrew Johnson
Context: Those damned sons of bitches thought they had me in a trap! I know that damned Douglass; he's just like any nigger, and he would sooner cut a white man's throat than not. As quoted in Andrew Johnson: A Profile http://web.archive.org/web/20110316175449/http://home.nas.com/lopresti/ps17.htm (1969), "Johnson and the Negro", by Lawanda Cox and John H. Cox; edited by Eric L. McKitrick, Hill & Wang, New York pp. 152-153.

„Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.“

— Andrew Johnson
Context: Your President is now the Tribune of the people, and, thank God, I am, and intend to assert the power which the people have placed in me... Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one. As quoted in Presidential Government in the United States: The Unwritten Constitution (1947) by Caleb Perry Patterson. <!-- p. 122 -->

„Certainly the Government of the United States is a limited government, and so is every State government a limited government.“

— Andrew Johnson
Context: Certainly the Government of the United States is a limited government, and so is every State government a limited government. With us this idea of limitation spreads through every form of administration — general, State, and municipal — and rests on the great distinguishing principle of the recognition of the rights of man. The ancient republics absorbed the individual in the state — prescribed his religion and controlled his activity. The American system rests on the assertion of the equal right of every man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to freedom of conscience, to the culture and exercise of all his faculties. As a consequence the State government is limited — as to the General Government in the interest of union, as to the individual citizen in the interest of freedom.

„Whenever you hear a man prating about the Constitution, spot him as a traitor.“

— Andrew Johnson
Remark made by Johnson as military Governor of Tennessee, as quoted in A Reveiw of the Political Conflict in America (1876) by Alexander Harris, A Review of the Political Conflict in America http://books.google.com/books?id=SSJCAAAAIAAJ&pg=RA3-PA430&lpg=RA3-PA430&dq=%22Whenever+you+hear+a+man+prating+about+the+constitution,+spot+him+as+a+traitor.%22&source=bl&ots=qaAT3IyIjL&sig=BUycxkmzVIjpEmfNI5s_FxcjlvE&hl=en&ei=S_evS5jJO8H-8Abe5KSABw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CBMQ6AEwBA, p. 430.

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„It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.“

— Andrew Johnson
More commonly misattributed to Andrew Jackson, the originator of this line is actually unknown.

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„Mr. Jefferson meant the white race.“

— Andrew Johnson
Regarding the statement in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal." "Speech on Harper's Ferry Incident", 12 December 1859; as printed in The papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. 3: 1858-1860 (1972), ed. LeRoy P. Graf and Ralph W. Haskins, p. 320.

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