Event: The Nasty Politics of Early America


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Southern ViolenceYale history professor Joanne B. Freeman, a specialist in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods, will present a talk exploring the gritty realities of nasty politics of that period, and what it suggests about America’s founding.

“Dirty Nasty Politics in Early America,” is a free public event being held at the Jay Heritage Center on December 3, at 7pm. The lecture is presented by the Yale Westchester Alumni Association.

Joanne B. Freeman earned her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.  Her book, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic (Yale University Press), won the Best Book award from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and her edited volume, Alexander Hamilton: Writings (Library of America) was one of the Atlantic Monthly’s “best books” of 2001.

Freeman current project, 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.

Seating is limited and reservations are requested. The Jay Heritage Center is located at 210 Boston Post Road, in Rye, NY For more information call (914) 698-9275 or e-mail jayheritagecenter@gmail.com

You can follow the Jay Heritage Center on Twitter at @jayheritage and find updates on Facebook.

Illustration: Southern Senator Preston Brooks attacking Northern Senator Charles Sumner in the U.S. Senate in 1856.

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