Thaddeus Stevens

The case for Thaddeus Stevens being an American hero

Thaddeus Stevens was a radical Republican who grew up poor in Vermont. He came to support abolition, fight economic inequality, advocate for reparations, and usher in Reconstruction during his time as a representative from Pennsylvania. And yet, many people don’t know who he is. A new book makes the case...
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Lehighton’s Houser to play at Thaddeus Stevens

Lehighton’s Ricky Houser will continue his academic and athletic careers at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Houser, who is planning on being a member of the football team for the Bulldogs, was a four-year member of Lehighton’s varisty football program. The current senior was an offensive tackle and defensive end for the Indians.
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Thaddeus Stevens statue unveiled in Gettysburg

After many years of fundraising and an extensive search for an appropriate location, a statue of former U.S. Congressman and civil rights advocate Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) was unveiled today in front of the Adams County Courthouse. Hundreds of people filled the sidewalk and spilled into Baltimore St. during the unveiling...

The Making Of A Monument To Thaddeus Stevens

The weekend after next, a monument to Thaddeus Stevens - the Civil War era leader from Pennsylvania who fought against slavery and known as “The Father of the 14th Amendment” - will be unveiled and dedicated in Gettysburg. It is the work of Alex Paul Loza - a...
Lancaster Online

Millersville University, Thaddeus Stevens drop mask mandate [update]

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology dropped its mask mandate Friday. Millersville University dropped its mask mandate Tuesday while other Lancaster County colleges like Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will retain their mandates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s...
Lancaster Online

Thaddeus Stevens raises starting pay for custodians; here's the new rate

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is now paying full- and part-time custodial workers a minimum of $16.45 an hour, the school announced recently. That puts the custodial worker pay at the state-owned technical school well above the median $14.08 an hour being advertised for similar workers in Lancaster County, according to Valerie Hatfield, director of compliance and business engagement at the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board.

Thaddeus Stevens celebration scheduled

The Thaddeus Stevens Society has planned three days of celebrations, including the installation of a statue in front of the Adams County Courthouse, on April 1, 2, and 3, 2022. Some more information about Stevens is here. Steven’s statesmanship and patriotism, and especially his dogged determination and intelligence, led him...
Lancaster Online

Story of Thaddeus Stevens should have bigger presence in Lancaster County [editorial]

THE ISSUE: “James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens — Lancaster’s best-known politicians of the 19th century — have never been treated equally in their adopted home,” Jack Brubaker wrote in The Scribbler column in the Jan. 23 Sunday LNP. Brubaker described how Buchanan, despite being regularly ranked at or near the bottom of U.S. presidents by historians, is central to magnificent local tourist attraction Wheatland and has a statue in Buchanan Park. Stevens — whose legacy includes being a fierce opponent of slavery and crusader for public education — has a local statue, too, but it wasn’t erected until 2008. Meanwhile, as Brubaker notes, “builders of the Lancaster County Convention Center destroyed the rear half of U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens’ home and office years ago. LancasterHistory is finally preparing to restore what’s left.”
Lancaster Online

Did Thaddeus Stevens oppose slavery throughout his life? [The Scribbler]

Does anyone know if Thaddeus Stevens was always anti-slavery or only after moving to Lancaster and meeting Lydia Smith (who was bi-racial)?. Born in 1792 in Vermont, a state known for its fiery abolitionists, Thaddeus Stevens developed a deep disgust for the institution of slavery before he moved to Pennsylvania.
Gettysburg Times

Thaddeus Stevens inspired iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan, the troubadour to a generation and Nobel laureate is a great admirer of Thaddeus Stevens. In fact, you could say that Stevens inspired Dylan. In his 2004 memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, Dylan wrote: “I read the biography of Thaddeus Stevens, the radical Republican. He lived in the early part of the 1800s and was quite a character. He’s from Gettysburg and he’s got a clubfoot like Byron. He grew up poor, made a fortune and from then on championed the weak and any other group who wasn’t able to fight equally. Stevens had a grim sense of humor, a sharp tongue and a white hot hatred for the bloated aristocrats of his day. He wanted to confiscate the land of the slaveholding elite, once referred to a colleague on the floor of the (House of Representatives) chamber as ‘slinking in his own slime.’ Stevens was an anti-Mason and he denounced his foes as those whose mouths reeked from human blood. He got right in there, called his enemies a ‘feeble band of lowly reptiles who shun the light and who lurk in their own dens.’ Stevens was hard to forget. He made a big impression on me, was inspiring.”
Lancaster Online

Thaddeus Stevens to expand with $3.5 million Almshouse property

The historic Almshouse building in Lancaster Township is back in public hands after some 15 years of private ownership. The state bought the 15-acre property for $3.5 million in September on behalf of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, officials confirmed. The school’s main campus is across South Broad Street from the 1801 building that was originally called the Lancaster County House of Employment.