The Caning of Charles Sumner
Stephen Puleo talked about the background and aftermath of pro-slavery Representative Preston Brooks' assault on abolitionist Senator… read more
Stephen Puleo talked about the background and aftermath of pro-slavery Representative Preston Brooks' assault on abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner on the Senate Floor. On May 22, 1856, pro-slavery Congressman Preston Brooks (D-SC) strode into the U.S. Senate Chamber and beat anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA) repeatedly with a gold-topped walking cane, leaving him unconscious and covered in blood. He could not return to the Senate for three years. Representative Brooks' attack was in retaliation for a speech Senator Sumner delivered 48 hours earlier, in which he vilified slave owners, and Brooks' cousin, Senator Andrew Butler, in particular.
The discussion of Mr. Puleo’s book, The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, was part of the Paul Revere Memorial Association Lecture Series “A War of Divisions: The Impact and Aftermath of the American Civil War” presented in cooperation with the Old South Meeting House, where the lectures took place. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
54th Massachusetts and Boston's Black Community
Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director of the Museum of African American History, talked about the role and…
Congress and the End of Slavery
Virginia Tech history professor Peter Wallensetin talked about the reconvening of Congress following the Civil War and…
Citizenship in the Civil War Era
Christian Samito, author of Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of…
Jeff Shaara on The Killer Angels
Jeff Shaara talked about his father Michael Shaara’s novel, The Killer Angels, written from the perspectives of…