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Jan 15, 2021 2021-01-15

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Journeying Through the US Capitol’s Turbulent History

America’s seat of government has endured bombings, a presidential assassination attempt, and even destruction by foreign forces. There have also been attacks from inside—including a near-fatal attack on one lawmaker by another. The Caning of Charles Sumner, or the Brooks–Sumner Affair, occurred on May 22, 1856, in the United States Senate Chamber, when Representative Preston Brooks, a proslavery Democrat from South Carolina, used a walking cane to attack Senator Charles Sumner, an abolitionist Republican from Massachusetts, in retaliation for a speech Sumner gave two days earlier in which he fiercely criticized slaveholders, including a relative of Brooks. National Geographic provides a brief look at the threats to the Capitol, including this incident, over the years.

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