Republican Party and Bleeding Sumner
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boiling over on the slave issue, a new political party emerged.
Northern Democrats, Free-Soilers, Know Nothings (anti-immigrant
party), and former Whigs. Their main goal was to stop the spread of
slavery in the west. Some in the party were abolitionists (against
slavery altogether). Thus, this completes our political party split
Charles Sumner of Massachusetts went after Senator Andrew Butler in
a speech, "The Crime Against Kansas," Butler's cousin, Preston
Brooks, beat Sumner over the head with a cane on the Senate Floor.
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