Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice Audiobook, by Bruce Levine Play Audiobook Sample

Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice Audiobook

Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice Audiobook, by Bruce Levine Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Landon Woodson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797124803

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77:57 minutes

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34:11 minutes

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The definitive biography of one of the 19th century’s greatest statesmen, encompassing his decades-long fight against slavery, his key role in the Union war effort, and his postwar struggle to bring racial justice to 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.

In Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, acclaimed historian Bruce Levine has written the definitive 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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“[A] fresh approach to the life of abolitionist and congressman Thaddeus Stevens… Levine’s biography of the South’s much-loathed Northern antagonist is a fine addition to the literature of this ever-relevant era.”

— Booklist 


  • “At last, Thaddeus Stevens, one of the nineteenth century’s greatest proponents of racial justice, gets the biography he deserves.”

    — Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author
  • “A convincing rehabilitation of a statesman who fought for equality before it became fashionable.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Easily the most detailed and important account of Stevens, this well-written biography belongs in every academic library.”

    — Library Journal

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About Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine is the bestselling author of four books on the Civil War era, including The Fall of the House of Dixie and Confederate Emancipation, which received the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship and was named one of the top ten works of nonfiction of its year by the Washington Post. He is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois.