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Villain or Hero? The truth about Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy.

18 Mar

Villan or Hero. The truth about Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy.

According to Wikipedia, During his 32 years of practice, he gained a reputation as a capable defender of the wrongfully accused. None of his clients charged with capital crimes were executed. One notable case was that of a slave woman accused of attempted murder. Stephens volunteered to defend her. Despite the circumstantial evidence presented against her, Stephens won an acquittal for the woman.

According to access Atlanta, People who have seen “Lincoln” may little note nor long remember the appearance at mid-film of a character named Alexander Stephens. But put down your popcorn, Georgia. Stephens, portrayed as a bit of a weasel in the movie, was a product of the Peach State, the vice president of the Confederacy and an aggressively pro-slavery white supremacist.

As it happens, he also is one of the two Georgians whose statues grace the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Each state was asked 150 years ago to send statues of two of its most illustrious citizens to the Capitol, there to stand in honor for the decades and centuries to come.

Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_H._Stephens

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