Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, photograph by Matthew Brady, circa 1858.
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Black and white photograph of Thaddeus Stevens.

Credit: The Library of Congress

Late in his controversial career, Thaddeus Stevens transferred his zeal for education to the cause of anti-slavery. As a leader of what became known as the radical Republicans in Congress, Stevens fought for a comprehensive approach to civil and economic rights for ex-slaves during Reconstruction.

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