Congressional Briefing: History of Political Partisanship in the United States

The National History Center of the American Historical Association is pleased to announce our upcoming Congressional briefing. Brian Balogh of the University of Virginia and Joanne Freeman of Yale University will discuss the history of political partisanship in the United States. Donald A. Ritchie, Historian Emeritus of the Senate, will moderate the discussion.

The briefing will examine the evolving nature of partisanship from the antebellum period to the present.

The briefing will be held on Friday, January 29th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Cannon House Office Building Room 121, Washington, DC.  Light refreshments will be served.

RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP to Amanda Moniz at

Meet the Moderator

Donald A. Ritchie

Donald A. Ritchie is Historian Emeritus of the Senate. After graduating from the City College of New York, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and receiving a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland, he joined the Senate Historical Office in 1976.  A frequent historical commentator on C-SPAN, NPR, and other networks, he has published a number of books, including Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents, Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps, and The United States Congress: A Very Short Introduction.

His works include:


Meet the Presenters

Brian Balogh

Brian Balogh is the Compton Professor at the Miller Center and Professor of History at the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. The author of The Associational State: American Governance in the Twentieth Century and A Government out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America, he co-hosts Backstory with the American History Guys, a nationally syndicated radio show. Balogh founded and currently directs the Miller Center National Fellowship Program.  In 2015, he received the American Historical Association’s Nancy Lyman Roelker Award honoring those “who taught, guided, and inspired their students in a way that changed their lives.”

His works include:

The Associational State        

Joanne Freeman

Joanne Freeman is a Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, specializing in the politics and political culture of revolutionary and early national America. She is the author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Freeman has been a historical consultant for the National Park Service’s reconstruction of Alexander Hamilton’s home, and serves on the boards of the National Council for History Education and the Library of America. She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Dirksen Congressional Research Center, among others.

Her works include: