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Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial That Changed America
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Chris DeRose
Wed, July 10th, 2019 | 7:00 pm


The New-York Historical Society is thrilled to partner with the Bryant Park Reading Room to present a series of free programs in the park. Now in its tenth summer, this year’s Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room series features a rich selection of topics, including government and politics, presidential biography, and the Civil War.

In February 1859, U.S. Congressman Daniel Sickles murdered his longtime friend Philip Barton Key, a U.S. attorney and the son of Francis Scott Key, after discovering that Key was having an affair with Sickles’s wife. In the inaugural program for the 2019 Nonfiction series at the Bryant Park Reading Room, author Chris DeRose illuminates the shocking public slaying that shook the high society of antebellum Washington, D.C., and ignited wider debates concerning pride, madness, fidelity, and the rule of law.

Chris DeRose is the author of The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them, a New York Times bestseller. His newest book is Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial That Changed America.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the yellow and white umbrellas.

Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.

Creative: Tronvig Group