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The caning of Charles Sumner : honor, idealism, and the origins of the Civil War

Author: Williamjames Hoffer
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Series: Witness to history (Baltimore, Md.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Charles Sumner was seated at his Senate desk on May 22, 1856, when Democratic Congressman Preston S. Brooks approached, pulled out a walking stick, and struck him on the head. Brooks continued to beat the stunned Sumner, forcing him to the ground and repeatedly striking him even as the cane shattered. He then pursued the bloodied, staggering Republican senator up the Senate aisle until Sumner collapsed. Colleagues  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hoffer, Williamjames.
Caning of Charles Sumner.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
Named Person: Charles Sumner; Preston S Brooks; Preston S Brooks; Charles Sumner
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Williamjames Hoffer
ISBN: 9780801894688 0801894689 9780801894695 0801894697
OCLC Number: 434745087
Description: 152 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: One minute --
A machine that would go of itself? --
Immediate aftermath --
A long, winding road --
Honor, idealism, and inevitability.
Series Title: Witness to history (Baltimore, Md.)
Responsibility: Williamjames Hull Hoffer.
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He addresses the importance of the event in the national crisis and shows why such actions are not quite as alien to today's politics as they might at first seem.  Read more...


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This will be a valuable addition to Civil War collections. Booklist 2010 An extraordinary and valuable study of what these events of history reveal not only about America of the past, but also Read more...

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