Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. In The Field of Blood, Joanne Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S.
Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Freeman shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War.
Legislative sessions often were punctuated with 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
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages, BLACK-AND-WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS
- Publisher: MELIA PUBLISHING SERVICES LTD
- Publication Date: 01/05/2018
- Category: Humamities
- ISBN: 9780374154776