Tag: civil war

Politics at its Worst

On this day in 1856, the caning of abolitionist Sen. Charles Sumner (R-MA) is administered on the floor of the United States Senate at the hands of Rep. Preston Brooks (D-SC); it would be three years before Sumner could return to the chamber. The beating nearly killed Sumner and drew a sharply polarized response from […]

The Battle for Texas

On this day in 1846, Congress declares war on Mexico at the request of newly-minted President James K. Polk. The conflict centered on the independent Republic of Texas, which had opted to join the United States after establishing its independence from Mexico a decade earlier. The new president wanted Texas as part of the United […]