document analysis - Document Analysis Avni Kakkar The Public Approval of Mr Brooks was written during a time of intense debate over slavery in the the

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Document Analysis Avni Kakkar “The Public Approval of Mr. Brooks” was written during a time of intense debate over slavery in the the United States. Both the events described and the overall tone of the document show the breakdown in rational dialogue over slavery that was happening at the time. The document was written in May of 1856, narrating the aftermath of Preston Brooks’ actions in Congress earlier that year. Brooks had violently caned Charles Sumner in public after Sumner espoused his abolitionist views against ideals such as popular sovereignty which were gaining traction at the time. Specifically, Sumner criticized the recently passed Kansas-Nebraska Act. Sumner opposed the inclusion of Kansas as a slave state and repeatedly attacked the authors of the bill: Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Andrew Butler of South Carolina. The act virtually nullified the Missouri Compromise of 1820. The Kansas-Nebraska act was a particularly salient

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