Thaddeus Stevens Quotes (9 quotes)
“Strip the proud nobility of their bloated estates, reduce them to a level with plain republicans, send forth to labor, and teach their children to enter the workshops or handle the plow, and you will thus humble proud traitors.”
The Selected Papers of Thaddeus Stevens, Volume 2: April 1865-August 1868 (1998 edition), University of Pittsburgh Pre - ISBN: 9780822970484
“I wished that I were the owner of every southern slave, that I might cast off the shackles from their limbs, and witness the rapture which would excite them in the first dance of their freedom.”
Statement at the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention (July 1837), quoted in Thaddeus Stevens, Scourge of the South (1959) by Frawn M. Brodie, p. 63
Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected (1991)
“The trouble with the contemporary generation is that it has not read the minutes of the last meeting.”
Ideas have Consequences (1948)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThaddeus Stevens
Born: April 4, 1792
Died: August 11, 1868 (aged 76)
Bio: Thaddeus Stevens, of Pennsylvania, was a Republican leader and one of the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Stevens, a witty, sarcastic speaker and flamboyant party leader, dominated the House from 1861 until his death and wrote much of the financial legislation that paid for the American Civil War.