TREFOUSSE, HANS LOUIS (1921– ), U.S. historian. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Trefousse became professor of history at Brooklyn College, New York. After he retired from teaching, he was named professor emeritus of history. He published books on American diplomacy and on the role of Republicans in the American Civil War and Reconstruction. His biographies Ben Butler, the South Called Him Beast (1957) and Benjamin Franklin Wade, Radical Republican from Ohio (1963) were significant preludes to his Radical Republicans (1969). Some of his other published works include Germany and American Neutrality, 193941 (1951), Reconstruction (1971), Lincoln's Decision for Emancipation (1975), Andrew Johnson: A Biography (1989), Pearl Harbor: The Continuing Controversy (1982), Carl Schurz: A Biography (1998), Thaddeus Stevens: 19th-Century Egalitarian (2001), and Rutherford B. Hayes (2002).

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