On Thursday, March 18, 2021, historian Bruce Levine will join LancasterHistory virtually for a discussion on his latest book, Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, a definitive biography of one of the most visionary statesmen of the 19th century and a forgotten champion for racial justice in America.
Thaddeus Stevens was among the first to see the Civil War as an opportunity for a second American revolution—a chance to remake the country as a true multiracial democracy. One of the foremost abolitionists in Congress in the years leading up to the war, he was a leader of the young Republican Party’s radical wing, fighting for anti-slavery and anti-racist policies long before party colleagues like Abraham Lincoln endorsed them. It was he, for instance, who urged Lincoln early on to free those enslaved throughout the US and to welcome black men into the Union’s armies.
During the Reconstruction era following the Civil War, Stevens demanded equal civil and political rights for black Americans, rights eventually embodied in the 14th and 15th amendments. But while Stevens in many ways pushed his party—and America—towards equality, he also championed ideas too radical for his fellow Congressmen ever to support, such as confiscating large slaveholders’ estates and dividing the land among those who had been enslaved.
This event will take place online via Zoom on March 18, 2021 at 7pm Eastern. This is NOT an in-person event.
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