Cry Havoc! Legislative Violence in America

Recorded April 20, 2022

Join Revolutionary Spaces Collections Manager Lori Erickson and award-winning professor Dr. Robert David “KC” Johnson online as they explore an iconic artifact from the Revolutionary Spaces’ collection and the legacy of what this American relic symbolizes: violence perpetrated in the hallowed halls of Congress.

This virtual program will feature an introduction and examination of the cane used to attack Senator Charles Sumner and commentary by Lori Erickson, a seminar with Professor Johnson, and a participant Q&A.


  • ROBERT DAVID “KC” JOHNSON is a Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2007-2008, he taught at Tel Aviv University as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities. Professor Johnson received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. His books include Congress and the Cold War, which was published by Cambridge University Press and won the D.B. Hardeman Prize. He has written widely on 20th and 21st century U.S. political, diplomatic, and legal affairs.
  • LORI ERICKSON is Collections Manager and Registrar for Revolutionary Spaces. She manages the object collections and archives, overseeing collections care, planning, and documentation. Before arriving at Revolutionary Spaces, Lori held positions as Curator and Collections Manager, in addition to working as a museum collections and exhibitions consultant. She holds both a B.A. and an M.S. in anthropology with a focus on archaeology and museum studies.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Institute.

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