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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to the Civil War | Joanne Freeman

Center for Presidential History and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Friday, November 2, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road...

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In The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew pistols and waved Bowie knives. One representative even killed another in a duel. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery.

These fights didn’t happen in a vacuum. Freeman’s dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities―the feel, sense, and sound of it―as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told, The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril.

Joanne B. Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is a leading authority on early national politics and political culture. The author of the award-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic and editor of The Essential Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton: Writings, she is a cohost of the popular history podcast BackStory.

Parking will be available on the SMU campus. FREE passes will be emailed to registered guests before the event.  Seating is limited, and not guaranteed.

Please note, there will NOT be a reception before this event.

Freeman's publication of the same title will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

TEACHERS ONLY -- Please sign in at the registration table to receive continuing education credit.

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SMU Campus, McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall
3225 University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205

Friday, November 2, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)


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Center for Presidential History and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

The Center for Presidential History at SMU is dedicated to exploring the story and legacy of the nation’s chief executives through cutting-edge research, academic and public forums and production of archival records for future generations through a wide-ranging presidential collective memory project.

Since its founding in 1951, the mission of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth has been to provide relevant information about global issues, challenges and opportunities while establishing North Texas as a center for international interests and business.



   

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