Thaddeus Stevens was born on this day in 1792. A fierce, uncompromising opponent of slavery, he was a true American revolutionary.
Bruce Levine is the J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois. Simon & Schuster will publish his latest book, Thaddeus Stevens: The Making of a Revolutionary, in January of 2021.
The Civil War inaugurated a titanic revolution that within years brought slavery to an end and broke the planter class.