The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War.
By: Stephen Puleo
5:30: Reception and Book Signing. Copies will be available for sale, via cash or check only.
New Venue: Moseley Hall at the Church of the Advent: 30 Brimmer Street, Boston, MA
Stephen Puleo will talk about his most recently published book, The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War.
In his presentation, he will explore the challenges of writing the story of this transformative event. Early in the
afternoon of May 22, 1856, ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina strode into the United
States Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C., and began beating renowned anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner with a gold-topped
walking cane. While Charles Sumner eventually recovered after a lengthy convalescence, Congressional compromise had suffered
a mortal blow. Moderate voices were drowned out completely; extremist views accelerated, became intractable, and locked both
sides on a tragic collision course to the Civil War.
About Steve: In addition to his strong journalism and historical writing background, Steve has 30 years of experience in
public relations, corporate communications, speechwriting, speech coaching, and marketing. He has won numerous corporate
communications awards and has been both a keynote speaker and served on communications panels at industry conferences. He
teaches at Suffolk University in Boston.
Steve and his wife, Kate, who live south of Boston, donate a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation (JDRF).