On May 22, 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks severely beats Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber after Sumner made a speech against slavery and its expansion

On May 22, 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks severely beats Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber after Sumner made a speech against slavery and its expansion. The incident reflected breaking tensions between North and South over slavery, as many northerners rallied in protest while southern newspapers praised Brooks. Though he suffered from brain injuries and post-traumatic […]

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On May 22, 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks severely beats Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber after Sumner made a speech against slavery and its expansion

On May 22, 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks severely beats Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber after Sumner made a speech against slavery and its expansion. The incident reflected breaking tensions between North and South over slavery, as many northerners rallied in protest while southern newspapers praised Brooks. Though he suffered from brain injuries and post-traumatic […]