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Charles Sumner attacks pro-slavery senators. One of the senator's nephew, Preston Brooks, takes offense to this, and beats Sumner almost to death.
This incident began at a Senate meeting in 1856. The Senate had a number of both pro and anti slavery men.
All of you are evil! Slavery is barbaric, and all of you who support slavery are animals!
Sumner was a very prominent abolitionist. At this meeting, he decided to call out all of the Senators who were in favor of Kansas becoming a slave state.
Sumner called out many individuals in his speech, including a relative of Preston Brooks, who was a congressman. Brooks was insulted, and was so angry about what Sumner had said that he beat him nearly to death.
That's what you get for speaking out against slavery!
Brooks was celebrated by slavery supporters for his "heroic actions". Sumner was hurt so badly by Brooks that he was never able to return to office
The Sumner-Brooks fiasco went on to be known as one of the worst occurances in senate history. The actions of both of these men demonstrate how intense of an issue slavery become during the mid- 1800s. Violence became more and more commonplace as time went on, which lead up to the Civil War.
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