January 7, 1867
Thad Stevens proposes bill to disenfranchise anyone who pledge allegiance to south. Another Congressman counters Stevens and says almost all southerners declared allegiance at one point, so it would be unreasonable and unethical.
Thad. Steven's new bill proposes to disfranchise all persons in the lately rebellious States who swore allegiance to the Confederate States. Thad. is evidently not aware that there was a wholesale swearing of that kinda done here during the war. Mechanics, officers, laborers, clerks, and all, including a good many now claiming to be loyalists, took that oath at one time or another.
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