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Crime History: Southern congressman beats Northern senator with cane

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On this day, May 22, in 1856, Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina beat Sen. Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerner sympathizers of pro-slavery violence in Kansas. Sumner's "Crime Against Kansas" speech mocked the South, and included a personal attack on Brooks' uncle, South Carolina's Sen. Andrew Butler. "Senator...

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