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Thaddeus Stevens (April 4, 1792 – August 11, 1868). A member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Stevens was extremely opposed to slavery. With the help of his faction of the Republican Party called the “Radical Republicans”, Stevens fought to secure laws and protective rights that would protect African-Americans against racial discrimination.
After the assassination of President Lincoln, Stevens worked in the House of Representatives to secure the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Stevens thought there was need for a “radical reorganization of southern institutions, habits and
Thaddeus Stevens worked to change the lives of African-Americans during Reconstruction. However, he died just three years after President Lincoln.
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