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Impeaching a president is very serious business. There are many steps leading up to the impeachment process. The initial steps include The House Judiciary Committee processing evidence of wrongdoing, hearings, meetings and votes. If necessary, the issue will move to the House of Representatives. After deliberating, the House will vote to determine if it will go to the Senate. If the Senate finds the President is guilty with a two-thirds majority, the President can be removed from office. After Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Johnson became President of the United States.

During this turbulent time, political and public views held by officials and the people were very different. Andrew Johnson’s stance on certain issues and the way he used his power led to Johnson’s impeachment. To learn more and test your knowledge, use the interactive activity below.

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