Authors

M SinhaFollow

Publication Date

2003

Journal or Book Title

Journal of the Early Republic

Abstract

Analyzes the discussion of slavery, race, and ideology inspired by the caning of antislavery Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts in the Senate chamber on May 22, 1856, by South Carolinian Congressman Preston Smith Brooks. Reaction of Brooks to Sumner's 'The Crime of Kansas' speech; Fundamental political divide over racial slavery in the U.S. revealed by the reactions to Brooks' assault on Sumner; Emergence of Sumner as one of the foremost voices of emancipation and black rights in the national political arena; Event's revelation of how the concepts of freedom, democracy, and citizenship were not static but constantly contested.

DOI

10.2307/3125037

Comments

All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of scholarly citation, none of this work may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. For information address the University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112.

Volume

23

Pages

233-262

Issue

2

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