USA
Stevens stamp campaign continues
2016
FOREVER
What a Stevens stamp may look like.
               By Donald Gallagher
  Many important figures in American history
have been remembered on commemorative
stamps.  Why hasn’t there ever been a postal
tribute honoring Thaddeus Stevens?  
Thaddeus who…?   Maybe that’s why.  
Stevens is the one we should thank for
leading the drafting, passage, and ratification
of documents marking our nation’s Second
Founding:
The 13th Amendment – ended slavery in
America;  
The 14th Amendment – guarantees civil
rights and equal rights to all;
The 15th Amendment – the first national
assurance of broader voting rights.
 Stamps tell stories.  They teach important
lessons.  They express America’s profound
thanks by honoring a (sometimes forgotten)
person long after they’re gone.  Stamps help
ensure the proper recognition of important accomplishments.  Carefully crafted, their images tell
a story with such clarity in a square inch that it instantly inspires learning.
 So who (besides us) favors honoring Stevens on a stamp?  Well, there’s Bob Dylan in his early
autobiography, Chronicles; Senators Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Bob Casey, and Pat
Toomey in letters to the Postmaster General; other Congressional leaders TSS members have
been lobbying; plus authors, historians, legal scholars, attorneys, judges, rights activists… and all
those we ask to please join us as advocates for Stevens.
 The Postal Service isn’t going to print stamps that nobody wants.  They need to be convinced
that a Thaddeus Stevens stamp will sell; that thousands of us will buy them, use them, and save
them.  Explaining that is the job of all of us who actively support the effort to get a stamp
approved.  It’s not money that will fund our success… it’s more letters, postcards, and petition
pages – sacks of supportive mail to the U.S. Postal Service.
 What you can do –> Write to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC).  Tell them
why you admire Stevens.  Explain the things he did in his lifetime that still affect our lives today.
Tell why you think it’s so important that others know this; then mention ways you’re prepared to
help promote the stamp.  To learn more, do this search: [ usps csac ] .  See also:  https://about.
usps.com/who-we-are/csac/welcome.htm .
 Make a promise that you’ll use these stamps… in quantities, and in creative ways... both at
work, and in your personal correspondence.  We send an additional message each time we use
commemorative postage.  With the Stevens stamp you’ll be illustrating a life that truly deserves
to be remembered.
 It’s also important for us to show that interest in Stevens continues to grow.  Not just in
Vermont and Pennsylvania where support is already strong, but throughout the country.  Please
ask your friends in other locales to write a sincere message to CSAC members.  “The Great
Commoner” – Thaddeus Stevens – was a guiding spirit in his own time, and remains so today…
still influencing the course of American history in the 21st Century.
Write to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee at:
Thaddeus Stevens Stamp
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC  20260-3501
 Contact me if you’d like to help with the stamp campaign, or if you just want to know what
more could be done.  Thank you for aiding these efforts in any way you can!
Don Gallagher, volunteer, A Stamp For Stevens, 38 Green Acre Road
Lititz, PA  17543-8770     tel.  717-626-3038 (home)     stevens.stamp@gmail.com