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 The Caning: the assault that drove America to civil war  by Stephen Puleo

172014_15649_0.jpgA turning point in American history, the beating of U.S. Senator Charles Sumner and the beginning of the War Over Slavery  ... Early in the afternoon of May 22, 1856, ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina strode into the United States Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C., and began beating renowned anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner with a gold-topped walking cane. Brooks struck again and again-more than thirty times across Sumner's head, face, and shoulders-until his cane splintered into pieces and the helpless Massachusetts senator, having nearly wrenched his desk from its fixed base, lay unconscious and covered in blood.


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Last Updated: Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014
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