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Representative Brooks attacks Senator Sumner in the Senate chamber

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05/22/1855
South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks attacks and beats Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts in the Senate chamber. He causes significant injuries that will incapacitate the senator for months. This further enrages northern sentiment against the southern slave holding power. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Thomas G. Mitchell, Antislavery Politics in Antebellum and Civil War America (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007), 95.

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