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Southern Chivalry: Argument versus Club’s, 1856

Southern Chivalry: Argument versus Club’s, 1856

This cartoon depicts South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks striking Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner with his cane. Brooks attacked him in retaliation for a speech that Sumner delivered berating Brooks’s relative, Senator Andrew Butler of South Carolina. The violent episode fueled antipathy between anti-slavery northerners and pro-slavery southerners.

John Magee, New York Public Library