By: Amanda Rodgers
Thaddeus Stevens was a member of the US House of Representatives for Pennsylvania and a leader of the Radical Republics. Thaddeus Stevens was born with a club foot leaving him with a limp. He was elected into Congress twice and was apart of 5 different political groups before he passed away in 1868. He helped finance the war for the Union side and fought to abolish slavery. He also helped get the 13th Amendment passed, drafted the 14th Amendment and proposed the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.
Vise President Andrew Johnson was appointed into office after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Andrew Johnson was the first president to get impeached. He had no formal education and was Governor of Tennessee before becoming Vise President. He was the only Southern Senator to remain loyal to the Union. He championed populist measures and supported states rights. He didn't run for a second term.
Civil Rights Act of 1866
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was the first US federal law to define US citizenship and affirmed that all citizens were equally protected by the law. It was mostly intended to protect the rights of African Americans after the American Civil War. The legislation was enacted by Congress in 1865 but it was vetoed by President Andrew Johnson.
A U.S. federal government agency that aided distressed freed slaves during Reconstruction. It was established by President Abraham Lincoln and was intended to last one year after the Civil War ended. The freedman's bureau gave freed slaves free education to help them gain spots in politics.