Caning of charles sumner.
Caning of sumner on the senate floor.
Author stephen puleo talks about the caning of charles sumner by preston brooks on the senate floor of the u s.
The caning of charles sumner on the senate floor 2009 10 14 the outspoken statesman and abolitionist charles sumner served as a senator from 1851 1874.
On may 22 he lingered after an adjourned session while the senate chamber emptied.
Williamjames hull hoffer s vivid account of the brutal act demonstrates just how far the sections had drifted apart and explains why the coming war was so difficult to avoid.
On may 22 1856 the world s greatest deliberative body became a combat zone.
A signal violent event in the history of the united states congress the caning of charles sumner on the senate floor embodied the complex north south cultural divide of the mid nineteenth century.
In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the senate s entire history a member of the house of representatives entered the senate chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness.
Two days after sumner s speech brooks along with his other congressmen waited in the senate chamber for everyone to leave.
On the floor of the senate in 1856 he made a speech in which he castigated sen.
Sumner had meanwhile busied himself writing letters and pulled his chair in close to his desk which was bolted to the floor.
Charles sumner of massachusetts was an ardent abolitionist.
Learn how senator sumner s 1865 protest against the kansas nebraska act prompted one of the most violent altercations in senatorial history.
The caning of charles sumner or the brooks sumner affair occurred on may 22 1856 in the united states senate when representative preston brooks a pro slavery democrat from south carolina used a walking cane to attack senator charles sumner an abolitionist republican from massachusetts in retaliation for a speech given by sumner two days earlier in which he fiercely criticized.
Brooks waited a full hour for a few ladies who were present to depart.
After everyone left brooks and his allies walked up to sumner who was writing at his desk and said mr.
Butler was not present when sumner made his speech but his cousin rep.
Capitol in washington dc.
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The outspoken statesman and abolitionist charles sumner served as a senator from 1851 1874.
Sumner i have read your speech twice over carefully.