Lead:  One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In spring 1856 on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Charles Sumner of Massachusetts spent two days flailing away at the what he considered the criminal behavior of pro-slavery partisans determined to render Kansas bloody until it came into the Union as a slave state. It was tasteless, terrible speech with inflammatory rhetoric designed to whip up anti-slavery sentiment.