1849Charles Sumner gave a lecture at the Gloucester Lyceum.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Cultural Institutions, Notable People

Charles Sumner, c. 1860, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.78.210?destination=node/63231%3Fedan_local%3D1%26edan_q%3Dcharles%252Bsumner
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Charles Sumner served as a leading abolitionist in the U.S. Senate, as well as a fierce advocate for civil rights His stance on the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 led South Carolina Congressman Preston S. Brooks to beat him senseless with a cane on the Senate floor. Sumner never fully recovered. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Sumner fought against U.S. imperialistic expansion and anti-immigration policy.

His lecture given on Feb. 27, 1849, was entitled “The law of human progress.”

Charles Sumner (U.S. National Park Service). https://www.nps.gov/people/charles-sumner.htm.
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