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The field of blood : violence in Congress and the road to civil war, Joanne B. Freeman

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The field of blood : violence in Congress and the road to civil war
Title
The field of blood
Title remainder
violence in Congress and the road to civil war
Statement of responsibility
Joanne B. Freeman
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eng
Summary
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 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. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery. These fights didn't happen in a vacuum. Freeman's dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities--the feel, sense, and sound of it--as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told, The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril
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1962-
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Freeman, Joanne B.
Dewey number
973.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United States
  • United States
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • United States
  • United States
  • Legislators
  • Legislators
  • Political violence
  • Political culture
  • United States
  • Legislators
  • Political culture
  • Political violence
  • Politics and government
  • United States
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The field of blood : violence in Congress and the road to civil war, Joanne B. Freeman
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Copyright
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-427) and index
Control code
on1044782454
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 450 pages
Isbn
9780374154776
Lccn
2018010176
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1044782454
Label
The field of blood : violence in Congress and the road to civil war, Joanne B. Freeman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-427) and index
Control code
on1044782454
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 450 pages
Isbn
9780374154776
Lccn
2018010176
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1044782454

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