Academic Scholarship

The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism and the Origins of the Civil War

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

Caning of Charles Sunmer Williamjames H. Hoffer, J.D., Ph.D.
Department of History

A signal, violent event in the history of the United States Congress, the caning of Charles Sumner on the Senate floor embodied the complex North-South cultural divide of the mid-nineteenth century. Exploring the depths of the differences between free and slave states in 1856, Hoffer explains the workings of Southern honor culture as opposed to Yankee idealism and how their clash led to the Civil War.


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