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See Patton Oswalt get caned by Johnny Knoxville on 'Drunk History'

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History is always educational. Often, it’s inspirational. And sometimes, it’s just painful. This story about Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner falls into that third category.

In the mid-19th century, the ardent abolitionist was beaten with a cane on the Senate floor by South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks after Sumner dropped an epic anti-slavery speech, “The Crime Against Kansas.” In the speech, he personally blasted South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler, who happened to be a cousin of Brooks. The Charleston episode of Drunk Historywhich airs July 29 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central—revisits this strange-but-true ungentlemanly tale, which is narrated by inebriated Drunk History co-executive producer Seth Weitberg and reenacted by two dudes you just might be familiar with. Johnny Knoxville displays a cane-do spirit as Brooks, while Patton Oswalt lends his thespian skills (and precious noggin) to the role of Sumner. Take a shot and check out a preview of the action in this exclusive clip:

Originally posted July 23 2014 — 4:29 PM EDT

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