Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Frank L. Klement


The role played by Representative Thaddeus Stevens in Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial marked the culmination of a personal vendetta conducted by both almost from the day of Johnson's inauguration. Stevens, civil rights advocate and friend of the oppressed Negro, had far different conceptions of right and wrong than did Andrew Johnson, friend of the oppressed Southern poor white. Stevens fought for the maintenance of civil rights for the Negro, while Johnson labored to prevent widespread bloodshed in the South during the early phases of Reconstruction. The inevitable clash which resulted cast Thaddeus Stevens in a major role in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.