The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Joanne Freeman, Carol Berkin (moderator)
Mon, December 3, 2018 | 6:30 pm | $38 (Members $24) | 35 and under $10


Today, disagreements in Congress seem heated and polarized, but historian Joanne Freeman reveals an era when tensions were even worse. Join us for the epic story of Congress in the decades leading up to the Civil War, when legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, flipped desks, and drawn pistols.

Joanne Freeman is professor of history and American studies at Yale University and the author of the book The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. Carol Berkin (moderator) is Presidential Professor of History Emerita at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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