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Abolitionist Pennsylvania U.S. Representative, Thaddeus Stevens

January 10, 2013

If you’ve seen the recent film, “Lincoln,” you may have walked away wanting to know more about the character played by Tommy Lee Jones – outspoken abolitionist Pennsylvania U.S. Representative, Thaddeus Stevens. Our guests will help us understand more deeply the Lancaster-based lawyer, who wrote the first draft of the 13th Amendment, co-wrote the 14th Amendment, and pushed for the 15th.  In addition to his work in freeing slaves Stevens supported equal rights for women and Native Americans; worked for Reconstruction; and helped impeached President Johnson. We’ll talk to actor and storyteller, STEVE ANDERSON and historians DAVID O. STEWART and JAMES OAKES about this controversial and influential statesman.

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