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The Field of Blood

Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

The Field of Blood( )
Author: Freeman, Joanne B.
ISBN:978-0-374-15477-6
Publication Date:Sep 2018
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $28.00
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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....
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Freeman, Joanne B. (Author)
Joanne B. Freeman is assistant professor of history at Yale University. She recently appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary "The Duel", exploring the fatal 1804 clash between Burr and Hamilton.

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