Thaddeus Stevens by Hans L. Trefousse audiobook

Thaddeus Stevens: Nineteenth-Century Egalitarian

By Hans L. Trefousse
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One of the mostcontroversial figures in nineteenth-century American history, Thaddeus Stevensis best remembered for his role as congressional leader of the radicalRepublicans and as a chief architect of Reconstruction. Long painted byhistorians as a vindictive “dictator of Congress,” out to punish the South atthe behest of big business and his own ego, Stevens receives a more balancedtreatment in Hans L. Trefousse’s biography, which portrays him as animpassioned orator and a leader in the struggle against slavery. Trefousse traces Stevens’ career through its majorphases, from his days in the Pennsylvania state legislature, when heantagonized Freemasons, slaveholders, and Jacksonian Democrats, to hispolitical involvement during Reconstruction, when he helped author theFourteenth Amendment and spurred on the passage of the Reconstruction Acts and theimpeachment of Andrew Johnson. Throughout, Trefousse explores the motivationsfor Stevens’ lifelong commitment to racial equality, thus furnishing a fullerportrait of the man whose fervent opposition to slavery helped move his moremoderate congressional colleagues toward the implementation of egalitarianpolicies.

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One of the mostcontroversial figures in nineteenth-century American history, Thaddeus Stevensis best remembered for his role as congressional leader of the radicalRepublicans and as a chief architect of Reconstruction. Long painted byhistorians as a vindictive “dictator of Congress,” out to punish the South atthe behest of big business and his own ego, Stevens receives a more balancedtreatment in Hans L. Trefousse’s biography, which portrays him as animpassioned orator and a leader in the struggle against slavery.

Trefousse traces Stevens’ career through its majorphases, from his days in the Pennsylvania state legislature, when heantagonized Freemasons, slaveholders, and Jacksonian Democrats, to hispolitical involvement during Reconstruction, when he helped author theFourteenth Amendment and spurred on the passage of the Reconstruction Acts and theimpeachment of Andrew Johnson. Throughout, Trefousse explores the motivationsfor Stevens’ lifelong commitment to racial equality, thus furnishing a fullerportrait of the man whose fervent opposition to slavery helped move his moremoderate congressional colleagues toward the implementation of egalitarianpolicies.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Thaddeus Stevens has long deserved a discerning, fair-minded, knowledgeable, meticulous biographer; he has finally found him.” James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“This book is well researched and engagingly written and is likely to become the standard biography.” Choice
“An especially valuable addition to Civil War literature. This is now the definitive work on Stevens.” Library Journal
“The ‘Great Commoner’ has at last found his proper biographer, one who explains his political greatness with knowledge and insight.” American Historical Review
“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
“[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
“A model biography of a most controversial figure…A balanced and insightful study.” Illinois Historical Journal

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Author Bio: Hans L. Trefousse

Author Bio: Hans L. Trefousse

Hans L. Trefousse (1921–2010) was distinguished professor of history at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the respected author of several books on political figures during Reconstruction, including The Radical Republicans and Andrew Johnson.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 10.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English