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Book Breaks with Bruce Levine on "Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice"
Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books with host Gena Oppenheim live, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.

Join us online on Sunday, November 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT) with Bruce Levine, as he discusses his book "Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice."

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 genuine multiracial democracy. As 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. These policies—including welcoming Black men into the Union’s armies—would prove crucial to the Union war effort.

During the Reconstruction era that followed, 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. "Thaddeus Stevens" is a biography of one of the most visionary statesmen of the 19th century and a forgotten champion for racial justice in America.

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Nov 28, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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