Category Archives: Thaddeus Stevens

March 29, 1866: More celebration of the veto of the Freedmen’s Bureau bill

Charles Sumner ************************************ The Cape Girardeau Argus once again rejoices over Andrew Johnson’s veto of the bill extending the Freedmen’s Bureau. This time the article is from the front page, usually reserved for “literary” efforts — stories, poetry, humor, etc. … Continue reading

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November 16, 1865: Reconstruction controversies

Thaddeus Stevens *************************** The Cape Girardeau Argus for November 16, 1865 shows its preferred Reconstruction policies in a couple of items reproduced from other papers. First, wondering why so many immigrants (and in Cape Girardeau County, these would mainly be … Continue reading

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January 12, 1864: Abolishing slavery

Thaddeus Stevens introduced a bill in Congress to abolish slavery as part of reconstruction. Eventually, of course, this required a Constitutional amendment. A bill introduced by Representative STEVENS today, and the consideration thereof postponed till February next, provides that within … Continue reading

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January 21, 1863: Enlisting black troops

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports Thaddeus Stevens’ plan to enlist black troops, and outlines the South’s policy toward them. The editor was convinced that former slaves would enlist only under duress, and that they would be unsuitable as soldiers in … Continue reading

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