The mind and conscience of a proud, absolute, honest fighter is the essence of this highly interpretative biography. Lame, Thaddeus Stevens, American statesman, knew poverty and hardships in his early Vermont years, learned from his mother the quality of defending his beliefs. From Dartmouth to Gettysburg and Lancaster, and his victorious fight to defeat a bill abolishing free education in Pennsylvania. He carried his uncompromising abolitionist attitude to Washington as Congressman and Representative, fought for emancipation, and after the Civil War was hated further for his radical reconstruction program. Enemy of Johnson, he was instrumental in impeaching him and preparing the charges. He died, his fight unfinished. This follows his career in fact, but also recreates the personality, the human qualities of the man in deeper, satisfying measure. The selection of episodes and characters, the flow and feel of development, the narrative quality, cause this to animate its subject and bring alive his life and world in rewarding distinction.