Thaddeus Stevens: Scourge of the South
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More imaginatively than any other Stevens biographer, Fawn Brodie has speculated upon the emotional springs of the man's behavior. More resourcefully than any other, she has brought out the objective conditions to which he related his views on the South. Her book must be taken into account by all serious students of the Civil War and Reconstruction." Richard N. Current, Wi...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published January 17th 1966 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1959)
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In this age of celebrity worship, it might be time to revisit some of America's forgotten heroes. Thaddeus Stevens was an abolitionist before it became popular. An impeccably honest man, he earned a modest fortune by saving and investing. Once, passing the auction of a widow's homestead (she had been left destitute by the death of her husband and could not pay the bills,) he bought the place gave it to the widow and then went on his way as anonymously as he had arrived. Perhaps too humorless, he...more
Thaddeus Stevens was one of the greatest politicians and great promoter of human rights at a time when these philosophies were not always compatible. His staunch support of abolition, and human rights was astounding. He was a great Curmudgeon--but a very compassionate and yes even gentle person to those whom society had chosen to ostracize-- slaves, non-Christians, women and the less fortunate. Senator Stevens has become a new hero of mine, even though he was a rather stern person. His heart and...more
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Excellent study of an intensely troubled man. Born with a club-foot and bald from a early life disease, Stevens' intellect and drive brought him to the leadership of the Republican Party after the American Civil War. Too witty and bitter to have many political friends, he drove the Republicans to remember their ideals of equality and union in dealing with the South after the war. When he was gone the Republicans disowned the Black and, as Brodie says, "not to remodel the world just to own it." O...more
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Fawn McKay Brodie (September 15, 1915 – January 10, 1981) was a biographer and professor of history at UCLA, best known for Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, a work of psychobiography, and No Man Knows My History, the first prominent non-hagiographic biography of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.

Raised in Utah in a respected, if impoverished, Latter-day Saint (L...more
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