Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

Thaddeus Stevens, Colonization, and the 13th Amendment

| February 4, 2015

Last Saturday┬ámarked the 150th anniversary of the day the 13th Amendment passed the House of Representatives, securing its submission to the states for ratification. This momentous event – marking the abolition of slavery in the United States – has received increased attention in light of the Civil War sesquicentennial, as well as its 2012 dramatization […]

Thaddeus Stevens, Colonizationist?

| December 18, 2013

  Thaddeus Stevens has enjoyed something of an academic as well as popular revival in recent years, becoming known as something of an archetype of that all-too-rare character in mid 19th century American politics: a racial egalitarian. He was also an abolitionist of some note and, most famously, the de facto leader of the radicals […]