The Life of Thaddeus Stevens: A Study in American Political History, Especially in the Period of the Civil War and Reconstruction

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Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1913 - United States - 620 pages
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Page 371 - It provided that all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, were to be recognized as citizens of the United States.
Page 132 - these national sentiments, it is the duty of every good citizen of this Union to resist all attempts at renewing in Congress or out of it the slavery agitation, under whatever shape or color the attempt may be
Page 340 - of nine Representatives and six Senators who should inquire into the condition of the Southern States and " report whether they or any of them are entitled to be represented in either house of Congress, and until such report shall have been made and finally
Page 299 - for your private consideration, whether some of the colored people may not be let in, as for instance the very intelligent, and especially those who have fought gallantly in our ranks.
Page 296 - There must be a test by which to separate the opposing elements so as to build only from the sound; and that test is a sufficiently liberal one which accepts as sound whoever will make a sworn recantation of his former unsoundness.
Page 358 - those whom I look upon as being opposed to the fundamental principles of this government and as now laboring to destroy them. I say Thaddeus Stevens, of Pennsylvania; I say Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts; I say Wendell Phillips, of Massachusetts. [A voice, " Forney."] I do not waste my fire on dead ducks. I
Page 85 - District, thereby attempting to fix a national degradation upon half the states of this Confederacy, / am for disunion: and if my physical courage be equal to the maintenance of my convictions of right and duty, I will devote all I am and all I have on earth to its consummation.
Page 85 - the living God, that if by your legislation you seek to drive us from the territories of California and New Mexico, purchased by the common blood and treasure of the whole people, and to abolish slavery in this District, thereby attempting to fix a national degradation upon half the states of this Confederacy, / am for disunion:
Page 320 - to any such people, so soon as the military resistance to the United States shall have been suppressed in any such state, and the people thereof shall have sufficiently returned to their obedience to the Constitution

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