Abolitionist Pennsylvania U.S. Representative, Thaddeus Stevens
January 10, 2013
If youâ€™ve seen the recent film, â€śLincoln,â€ť you may have walked away wanting to know more about the character played by Tommy Lee Jones â€“ 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 forÂ the 15th.Â 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. Weâ€™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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