Reply To: What exactly was a "Radical Republican"?


There were men in the Republican party labeled “Red Republicans,” and most of these men were disenchanted German revolutionaries who arrived in the U.S. following the failed Revolutions of 1848 (Hecker, Villard, Nast, etc). The Radical Republicans were typically those who favored abolition and reform (temperance, women’s suffrage, etc) though not always.