(1856) A dramatic portrayal of the caning of Charles Sumner in Congress, which inflamed sectional passions in 1856.  From left to right - Robert Toombs, Stephen Douglas, an unidentified man, John J. Crittenden, Lawrence M. Keitt, Preston Brooks, and Sumner. (Currier & Ives)

(1856) A dramatic portrayal of the caning of Charles Sumner in Congress, which inflamed sectional passions in 1856. From left to right - Robert Toombs, Stephen Douglas, an unidentified man, John J. Crittenden, Lawrence M. Keitt, Preston Brooks, and Sumner. (Currier & Ives)

The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War

The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War

On May 22, 1856, the "world's greatest deliberative body" became a combat zone.  In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate's entire history, a member of the House of Representatives entered the Senate chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness

On May 22, 1856, the "world's greatest deliberative body" became a combat zone. In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate's entire history, a member of the House of Representatives entered the Senate chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness

Bleeding Kansas, John Brown, Raid on Harpers Ferry, Caning of Charles Sumner • Aim: What was the cause of "Bleeding Kansas?" Students will research, analyze, and use their critical thinking skills to read the passages and complete the scafolding quetions. They will use details from the text and knowledge of Social Studies to brainstorm details why John Brown was a hero or villain.

Bleeding Kansas, John Brown, Raid on Harpers Ferry, Caning of Charles Sumner • Aim: What was the cause of "Bleeding Kansas?" Students will research, analyze, and use their critical thinking skills to read the passages and complete the scafolding quetions. They will use details from the text and knowledge of Social Studies to brainstorm details why John Brown was a hero or villain.

Canefight! Preston Brooks and Charles Sumner [ushistory.org]

Canefight! Preston Brooks and Charles Sumner [ushistory.org]

American Patriot. Senator Charles Sumner of MA. Defender of Freedom, seen here, years after his Senate attack injuries. United States Capitol Building portrait.

American Patriot. Senator Charles Sumner of MA. Defender of Freedom, seen here, years after his Senate attack injuries. United States Capitol Building portrait.

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