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‘The Caning: The Assault That Drove America To Civil War’ at Amherst Town Library on Feb. 3

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library is thrilled to welcome author, historian, teacher, public speaker and communications professional Stephen Puleo for his presentation, “The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War,” on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

This program was originally scheduled for Jan. 21 and has been rescheduled due to the weather.

Early in the afternoon of May 22, 1856, ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks, of South Carolina, strode into the U.S. Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C., and began beating renowned anti-slavery Sen. Charles Sumner with a gold-topped walking cane.

Well-known author Puleo explores this historical event that precipitated the start of the Civil War in his recent book, “The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War.”

As the Fredericksburg (Va.) Star said, “Readers will not only find ‘The Caning’ a compelling read, but they may be surprised to find multiple parallels to today’s political climate,” and “Puleo’s book is an accessible, interesting read for those who are curious about the Civil War, but may be intimidated about where to start.”

In the library presentation, Puleo will take us back to this tumultuous time and the events leading up to the “War Between the States.”

Puleo is the author of five books, including the bestselling “Dark Tides: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919” and “Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56.” His books have been reviewed favorably by the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, the Denver Post, The National Review and many others. An award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor to American History and other national magazines, he teaches at Suffolk University in Boston.

All presentations are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for each program due to space limitations. Register for all these events by calling 673-2288, emailing or by visiting and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”

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