Thaddeus Stevens: Nineteenth-Century Egalitarian

Thaddeus Stevens: Nineteenth-Century Egalitarian

by Hans L. Trefousse
     
 

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One of the most controversial figures in nineteenth-century American history, Thaddeus Stevens is best remembered for his role as congressional leader of the radical Republicans and as a chief architect of Reconstruction. Long painted by historians as a vindictive 'dictator of Congress', out to punish the South at the behest of big business and his own ego, Stevens

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One of the most controversial figures in nineteenth-century American history, Thaddeus Stevens is best remembered for his role as congressional leader of the radical Republicans and as a chief architect of Reconstruction. Long painted by historians as a vindictive 'dictator of Congress', out to punish the South at the behest of big business and his own ego, Stevens receives a more balanced treatment in Hans L. Trefousse's biography, which portrays him as an impassioned orator, an indefatigable advocate of racial equality, and a leader in the struggle against slavery.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
History and historians have not been particularly kind to Thaddeus Stevens, Congressional leader of the Radical Republicans during Reconstruction. Despite a career as a distinguished attorney, Pennsylvania legislator, and entrepreneur, Stevens is remembered more for his desire to punish the former Confederate states before readmitting then to the Union. But the Stevens presented by Trefousse (Historical Dictionary of Reconstruction) is more of an egalitarian, a great orator, and a staunch opponent of slavery. He was, however, often unsuccessful in achieving his national goals and personal aspirations.Over 40 years have passed since the last Stevens biography (Fawn Brodie's Thaddeus Stevens: Scourge of the South), making Trefousse's work an especially valuable addition to Civil War literature. This is now the definitive work on the Stevens. -- Boyd Childress, Auburn University Library, Alabama
Richard H. Abbott
Despite Trefousse's skillful recapitulation of Stevens' career, the hard-bitten Pennsylvanian remains as much an enigma as ever. -- Mississippi Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470886295
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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As the biographer of leading figures in the American Civil War and Reconstruction, Hans Trefousse is superbly qualified to write the biography of the most controversial actor on that important stage of history. Thaddeus Stevens has long deserved a discerning, fair-minded, knowledgeable, meticulous biographer; he has finally found him.—James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War

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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