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On the assault on Senator Sumner, June 6, 1856

Title

On the assault on Senator Sumner, June 6, 1856

Description

In this untitled article, the editor of the Raleigh Register, a Know Nothing paper, noted that northern newspapers condemned Preston Brooks's caning of Charles Sumner. The word cloud of the article's transcript indicates the editor's focus on appropriate speech and behavior in the Senate.

Creator

Raleigh Register

Source

Untitled, Raleigh Register, June 6, 1856, Secession Era Editorials Project, accessed December 13, 2011, http://history.furman.edu/editorials/see.py.

Date

1856-06-06

Type

Document

Coverage

Raleigh, North Carolina
Wake County, North Carolina

Identifier

doc0005

Original Format

Newspaper Article

Text

The Northern papers are all condemning and denouncing Mr. Brooks for his assault on Senator Sumner, in the severest terms. We do not justify or excuse the mode and manner in which redress was taken for a supposed wrong. But, in censuring the attack, let not the cause be forgotten -- and let the whole affair be a reason which should induce the Senate hereafter to prevent the kind of debate which has recently prevailed in that body. The Senate chamber is, certainly, we admit, no place for brawls and fights, and every American citizen must lament the recent occurrence. But the Senate chamber, also, is no place for foul language, abuse, taunts, and opprobrious epithets. One evil leads necessarily to another. The Senate must preserve its own dignity, in order to command the respect of the public.

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Raleigh Register, On the assault on Senator Sumner, June 6, 1856, Civil War Era NC, accessed September 23, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/6.