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Speech on Reconstruction

“Reconstruction,” Hon. Thaddeus Stevens on the Great Topic of the Hour. An Address Delivered to…
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Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union

The people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled, on the 26th day…
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The Address of the People of South Carolina Assembled in Convention, to the People of the Slaveholding States of the United States

It is seventy-three years, since the Union between the United States was made by the…
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Fugitive Slave Act 1850

Section 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United…
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Fragment on Government

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they…
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Annual Message to Congress (excerpt)

It continues to develop that the insurrection is largely, if not exclusively, a war upon…
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Speech on the Kansas Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois (abridged)

The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject…
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Letter to Ulysses S. Grant

Major General Grant My dear General I do not remember that you and I ever…
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Letter to George McClellan

Major General McClellan. My dear Sir. Your despatches complaining that you are not properly sustained,…
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