The previously untold story of the violence in congress that helped spark the civil war in the field of blood joanne b freeman recovers the long lost story of physical violence on the floor of the us congress. If you think the conflict in todays us congress is at a historic extreme yale historian joanne freeman helps set the record straight in the field of blood freeman explores the history of graphic physical conflict on the floor of the us congress in the decades leading up to the civil war when legislative sessions were punctuated . The field of blood violence in congress and the road to civil war by joanne b freeman illustrated 450 pp farrar straus giroux 28 so you think congress is dysfunctional. The field of blood violence in congress and the road to civil war 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. Civil war book review winter 2019 article 6 the field of blood violence in congress and the road to civil war douglas r egerton lemoyne college egertodrlemoyneedu
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