Dr. Joanne B. Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, will be the 2018 Monroe Lecturer. Dr. Freeman specializes in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods of American History. Her new book, The Field of Blood: Congressional Violence in Antebellum America, explores physical violence in the U.S. Congress between 1830 and the Civil War, and what it suggests about the institution of Congress, the nature of American sectionalism, the challenges of a young nation’s developing democracy, and the longstanding roots of the Civil War. Her research on political combat provided background and inspiration for the song “Ten Duel Commandments” in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.
The James Monroe Lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Freeman and a reception. If you are unable to attend, please check back the week of the lecture for a link to the livestream.