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

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Oct 12, 2013
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Oct 21, 2013

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