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  1. When that cracker Preston Brooks caned Charles Sumner nearly to death on the floor of the Senate, it wasn't just Brooks acting.  A significant number of southern senators came armed that day and surrounded Sumner's desk throughout the incident, preventing northern senators from coming to his aid.  And in my no way humble opinion, the behavior of the southern elites has not changed one bit since.
  2. If you want a realistic view of Reconstruction, as opposed to the crap that is usually slung around, read Ballots and Fence Rails by William McKee Evans.
by rifek on Sun Jan 19th, 2014 at 10:18:44 PM EST

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