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When Congressmen Attack!

This slide show is subtitled “Pistols, canes, bowie knives, and fireplace tongs: a brief history of congressional violence.” Read 14 accounts of our representatives in Washington acting in ways that we don’t expect. Upset with Massachusetts Sen. Charles Sumner’s abolitionist rhetoric, South Carolina Rep. Preston Brooks approached him on the Senate floor and beat him unconscious [...]