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Thaddeus Stevens (edition 2001)

by Hans Louis Trefousse

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Title:Thaddeus Stevens
Authors:Hans Louis Trefousse
Info:Stackpole Books (2001), Paperback, 336 pages
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Tags:history, civil rights, civil war, biography

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I would like to give this book a higher rating, and were I an avid student of history perhaps I would. As a layman who became interested in Thaddeus Stevens after watching Spielberg's "Lincoln" I was underwhelmed by this biography. There were two drawbacks that made the book incredibly dry reading. First, virtually nothing is told of Stevens personal life. It is purely a political biography. Two or three sentences are given here and there for a brief anecdote, but no more. The other is its absolute focus on Stevens. I would have appreciated more side-story of what was happening around the country, before during and after the Civil War, in the White House, in the Senate... But anything that didn't directly involve Thaddeus Stevens was ignored completely. In the end, I have a good understanding of his politics, and certainly a great deal about the man can be gleaned from that, but I was hoping for a book that would let me into his life, and wouldn't assume that I already knew everything about history of his era, but would enlighten me on that as well. ( )
  fingerpost | Jan 10, 2013 |
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Thaddeus Stevens is best known for his leadership of the radical Republicans in Congress during Reconstruction, and throughout the years historians have either glorified him or vilified him. Trefousse's balanced biography traces Stevens's 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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