This Week in History – May 22

May 22, 1856 – Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner was attacked and savagely beaten at his desk on the floor of the Senate by South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks in retaliation for a speech Sumner made in which he excoriated Brooks’ uncle, Senator Andrew Butler, for his support for slavery. Continue reading “This Week in History – May 22”

This Week in History – Feb. 2

February 2, 1848 – The war between the U.S. and Mexico (the Mexican-American War) ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. In exchange for $15 million, the U.S. acquired the areas encompassing parts or all of present-day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas. The U.S. started the war to acquire those territories when Mexico refused to sell. The treaty was ratified on March 10, 1848. Continue reading “This Week in History – Feb. 2”