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IV. “Bully” Brooks and His Bludgeon I. “Bleeding Kansas” was an issue that spilled into Congress: Senator Charles Sumner was a vocal anti-slaveryite, and his blistering speeches condemned all slavery supporters. II. Congressman Preston S. Brooks decided that since Sumner was not a gentleman he couldn’t challenge him to a duel, so Brooks beat Sumner with a cane until it broke; nearby, Senators did nothing but watched, and Brooks was cheered on by the South. III. However, the incident touched off fireworks, as Sumner’s “The Crime Against Kansas” speech was reprinted by the thousands, and it put Brooks and the South in the wrong. V. “Old Buck” versus “The Pathfinder” I. In 1856, the Democrats chose James Buchanan, someone untainted by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and a person with lots of political experience, to be their nomination for presidency against Republican John C. Fremont , a fighter in the Mexican-American War. II. Another party, the American Party, also called the “ Know-Nothing Party ” because of its secrecy, was organized by “ nativists ,” old-stock Protestants against immigrants, who nominated Millard Fillmore. o
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