United States Senator Charles Sumner delivered a speech on June 4th 1860 entitled “The Barbarism of Slavery”.
United States Senator Charles Sumner had been missing from the Senate Chambers for four years, after having been beaten almost to death by South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks. The speech titled “The Barbarism of Slavery” delivered on June 4th 1860 was the last speech made in Congress before the Civil War, and until emancipation was discussed. It was covered in its entirety in the leading newspapers, as well as being issued in several pamphlets.
If you wish to read the speech it can be found at The barbarism of slavery: speech of Hon. Charles Sumner