National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Selected Papers of Thaddeus Stevens

Pomona College

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

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Thaddeus Stevens (1792 –1868) was a lawyer and politician who played a leading role in the formation of the Republican Party. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania and one of the leaders of the Radical Republican faction of the Republican Party during the 1860s.  A fierce opponent of slavery and discrimination against African-Americans, he sought to secure their rights during Reconstruction. Stevens was a member of the committee that drafted the articles of impeachment against President Andrew Johnson.  The edition covers Steven’s political career from his Vermont youth to the end of the Civil War. They include letters and speeches from his early days as a Gettysburg lawyer and as a representative in the Pennsylvania assembly through his antislavery efforts to the 1865 passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, freeing all slaves. A comprehensive microfilm edition in 12 reels is also available.

Complete in two volumes.


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Thaddeus Stevens, by Brady Studios, c. 1868. National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Chief Signal Officer


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