• Every humane and patriotic heart must grieve to see a bloody and causeless rebellion, costing thousands of human lives and millions of treasure. But as it was predetermined and inevitable, it was long enough delayed. Now is the appropriate time to solve the greatest problem ever submitted to civilized man.

    Thaddeus Stevens (1997). “The Selected Papers of Thaddeus Stevens: January 1814-March 1865”, University of Pittsburgh Pre
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