The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

by Joanne B. Freeman

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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Both riveting and educational, this book helped to fill in my understanding of how Congress functioned before the Civil War.
R_B_Bernstein More than 1 year ago
This book is a superb, path-breaking examination of the relationship between violence and politics in the United States during the period between Jackson and the coming of the Civil War. Brinniantly argued and formindably researched, THE FIELD OF BLOOD is equally worth reading for its substantive importance and its innovative historical methodology. Joanne B. Freeman not only matches her achievement in AFFAIRS OF HONOR: NATIONAL POLITICS IN THE NEW REPUBLIC (Yale UP, 2001) but exceeds it. Her accounts of sectional and partisan rivalries in Congress are expert and vivid; her skill at story-telling is unmatched, as is her subtle and nuanced explanation of those stories' significance. Readers will never see this part of American history quite the same way again. Highest possible recommendation.
greeninoakpark More than 1 year ago
I found the introduction interesting, and was excited to get into the book, hoping for one of those "can't put it down" reads; but it became a bit repetitive in it's telling of the various incidents. It all too soon felt like a text book. All-in-all I was disappointed