Thaddeus Stevens: Nineteenth-Century Egalitarianby Hans L. Trefousse
Thaddeus Stevens is best known for his leadership of the radical Republicans in Congress during Reconstruction, and throughout the years historians have either glorified or vilified him. Trefousse's balanced biography traces Stevens' career from his early days as a Pennsylvania lawyer and state legislator, when he became an outspoken advocate for black freedom and… See more details below
Thaddeus Stevens is best known for his leadership of the radical Republicans in Congress during Reconstruction, and throughout the years historians have either glorified or vilified him. Trefousse's balanced biography traces Stevens' career from his early days as a Pennsylvania lawyer and state legislator, when he became an outspoken advocate for black freedom and equality, to his long tenure in the House of Representatives, which culminated in his involvement in the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment and the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.
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This book is well researched and engagingly written, and is likely to become the standard biography.Choice
[A] sterling biography of one of the leading men in America's middle period. . . . A masterful biography. Trefousse's research is most impressive. He shows a command of countless sources.Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
[This book] advances the author's thesis . . . that the Radicals were vanguards of racial justice. Here is a case study, expertly fitting the subject into a framework that differs from earlier biographies.James A. Rawley, University of Nebraska
A model biography of a most controversial figure. . . . A balanced and insightful study.Illinois Historical Journal
An outstanding political biography of Thaddeus Stevens that is rich in detail and based on an impressive array of original and secondary sources. . . . A compelling interpretation of Stevens' long life and career.Labor History
The 'Great Commoner' has at last found his proper biographer, one who explains his political greatness with knowledge and insight.American Historical Review
An especially valuable addition to Civil War literature. This is now the definitive work on Stevens.Library Journal
Meet the Author
Hans L. Trefousse (1921-2010), whose many books include a biography of Andrew Johnson and a study of the radical Republicans, was Distinguished Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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