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Scholars Lecture: Dissent in Our Democracy – Joanne Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War


Jan 16, 2020
06:30 PM


In 1856 Charles Sumner of Massachusetts was caned nearly to death on the Senate floor by Preston Brooks of South Carolina. Now Joanne Freeman has found 70 more examples beginning in the 1830s of increasing physical violence, sectional intensity, and paralyzing effect on Congress. Field of Blood was named a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, and has been included on many notable lists, including the New York Times and Smithsonian. Freeman teaches History and American Studies at Yale, where she won a DeVane Award for distinction in teaching. 7:00pm lecture (registration and refreshments starting at 6:30pm), followed by a book signing.   Reservations are recommended. $25; $20 for members


$25; $20 for members.


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400 Jay Street
Katonah, NY

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