The Capitol Insurrection Revived The Story Of A Legendary Abolitionist
The namesake of Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas, was almost killed on the U.S. Senate floor for his "Crime Against Kansas" speech in 1856. Now, a photo from the insurrection this month has people remembering U.S. Sen. Charles Sumner's story.
The irony of a Confederate flag being carried past one of the most ferocious abolitionists to serve in the U.S. Senate was not lost on those who recognized the subject of the portrait. Sumner served during a period of partisanship in the Congress that can be compared to the atmosphere in the nation's capital today.