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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
May 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
After more than fifteen years of research, historian Joanne Freeman – a leading authority on early American political culture – has uncovered roughly seventy physically violent incidents in the antebellum Congress, most of them long forgotten. Fistfights, guns and knives, out-and-out brawls: essentially censored out of
Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history and American Studies at Yale University, is the author of the award-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, and editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings, and The Essential Hamilton. Her most recent book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, was a New York Times notable book of 2018 and a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln prize. A co-host of the popular American history podcast BackStory, she is a frequent commentator on PBS, NPR, CNN, and MSNBC, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Her online course, The American Revolution, has been viewed in homes and classrooms around the world.
The Washington History
Joanne Freeman on The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
All seminars take place at 4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop