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

The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the 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 w The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War In The Field of Blood, Joa...

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

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Oct 07, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

  • Andrew
    Oct 22, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

  • Joan
    Oct 29, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    Joanne Freeman has uncovered the dark underside of violence in past Congressional history. Fisticuffs, duels (including one fatal), brawls and canings were part of Congressional debates between the 1830?s and 1860. Largely used by the southern slavocracy to intimidate and quell debat...

    This book is a phenomenal look into the minutiae of life in the antebellum Congress and a great explanation as to how violence in Congress was tied to personal, party, and sectional honor in the years before the Civil War. Looking forward to reading Freeman's other work on politics in ...

    Pretty good! Learned some things about pre-Civil War times that I hadn't really understood. Interesting, too, that I saw the author on a weekend news show a couple days ago. She was talking about then vs. now and what we might learn: trust our processes to get us out of this ditch. The...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    Dr. Freeman's book is an incredible read. The means by which she created a narrative using Benjamin French. Her research was exhaustive and her footnotes extensive. This book is a must read for every student of antebellum America. ...

    Absolutely fascinating. Lost history found. The 30 years before the Civil War, the growing emotional and political divisions, are mirrored in the activities on the floor of Congress. Power struggles, bullying, threats, shifts in power, verbal fighting, physical fighting. Interesting ti...

  • Trashy Dreams
    Oct 11, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

  • David Bales
    Oct 22, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

  • Glenda
    Dec 11, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

  • Janet
    Nov 04, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

  • Douglas Armstrong
    Nov 20, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

  • Myles
    Oct 24, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

  • Stephen Morrissey
    Oct 15, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

  • Jill
    Nov 12, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

  • Casey
    Oct 04, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    Joanne Freeman has uncovered the dark underside of violence in past Congressional history. Fisticuffs, duels (including one fatal), brawls and canings were part of Congressional debates between the 1830?s and 1860. Largely used by the southern slavocracy to intimidate and quell debat...

    This book is a phenomenal look into the minutiae of life in the antebellum Congress and a great explanation as to how violence in Congress was tied to personal, party, and sectional honor in the years before the Civil War. Looking forward to reading Freeman's other work on politics in ...

    Pretty good! Learned some things about pre-Civil War times that I hadn't really understood. Interesting, too, that I saw the author on a weekend news show a couple days ago. She was talking about then vs. now and what we might learn: trust our processes to get us out of this ditch. The...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

  • Casey Wheeler
    Aug 19, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

  • Jessica Stokes
    Nov 26, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

  • Sasha
    Sep 12, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

  • Kyle
    Sep 14, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

  • Matthew Ericson
    Nov 15, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    Joanne Freeman has uncovered the dark underside of violence in past Congressional history. Fisticuffs, duels (including one fatal), brawls and canings were part of Congressional debates between the 1830?s and 1860. Largely used by the southern slavocracy to intimidate and quell debat...

    This book is a phenomenal look into the minutiae of life in the antebellum Congress and a great explanation as to how violence in Congress was tied to personal, party, and sectional honor in the years before the Civil War. Looking forward to reading Freeman's other work on politics in ...

    Pretty good! Learned some things about pre-Civil War times that I hadn't really understood. Interesting, too, that I saw the author on a weekend news show a couple days ago. She was talking about then vs. now and what we might learn: trust our processes to get us out of this ditch. The...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    Dr. Freeman's book is an incredible read. The means by which she created a narrative using Benjamin French. Her research was exhaustive and her footnotes extensive. This book is a must read for every student of antebellum America. ...

  • Gerry Connolly
    Nov 17, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    Joanne Freeman has uncovered the dark underside of violence in past Congressional history. Fisticuffs, duels (including one fatal), brawls and canings were part of Congressional debates between the 1830?s and 1860. Largely used by the southern slavocracy to intimidate and quell debat...

  • Mark
    Nov 29, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

  • Tbuikema
    Oct 31, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    Joanne Freeman has uncovered the dark underside of violence in past Congressional history. Fisticuffs, duels (including one fatal), brawls and canings were part of Congressional debates between the 1830?s and 1860. Largely used by the southern slavocracy to intimidate and quell debat...

    This book is a phenomenal look into the minutiae of life in the antebellum Congress and a great explanation as to how violence in Congress was tied to personal, party, and sectional honor in the years before the Civil War. Looking forward to reading Freeman's other work on politics in ...

    Pretty good! Learned some things about pre-Civil War times that I hadn't really understood. Interesting, too, that I saw the author on a weekend news show a couple days ago. She was talking about then vs. now and what we might learn: trust our processes to get us out of this ditch. The...

  • Daniel Casey
    Aug 20, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

  • Katie Bee
    Nov 27, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

  • Jessica Jackson
    Sep 25, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

  • Anne Morgan
    Aug 11, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

  • Caleb
    Nov 20, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

  • Evan
    Oct 25, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

  • Bill Lucey
    Oct 31, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    Oct 28, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

  • Alex Charow
    Oct 30, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...

    After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman?s magnificent book, ?Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,? I was stunned to learn just how much physical violence took place within the halls of Congress before the Civil War, especially during the 36th Con...

    Joanne Freeman delivers a sweeping, vivid, and colorful history of the bruised and bloody days of the antebellum Congress, stretching from the Jackson years through the firing on Fort Sumter. Relayed through the diary entries and musings, sometimes poetic, of B.B. French, this narrativ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    Mostly a history of violence in Congress as seen through the eyes of Benjamin Brown French, a Zelig-like figure who seemed to be everywhere from 1833 and the Jacksonian Era to Grant's Reconstruction. The histories of Congress tend to play up the soaring oratory of the antebellum period...

    Freeman's work is an excellent overview of the violence in Congress in pre-Civil War America, something I deal with on a day to day basis at work. We always knew that this was a rather chaotic era in American politics, but Freeman sheds light on forgotten and often unknown individuals ...

    The instant I heard about this book it landed on my "want to read" list, and it didn't disappoint! A wonderful, richly researched and beautifully written exploration of both the historical record and the messy past that lives between the lines of the historical record. Freeman's cho...

    This surprising look at violence that occurred on both floors of Congress (and nearby environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War offers a deeper understanding of how that bloody conflict came to be inevitable. What's remarkable when you read this account is that disunion and wa...

    I listened to Joanne Freeman read this book and basked in the enthusiasm of her voice, the unfolding of her narrative, and the depth of her research. I want to meet Benjamin French! Through his eyes, I now understand sectionalism and John Quincy Adams much better. Through his diaries, ...

    The Field of Blood uses the diaries and writings of Congressman French as the foundation for chronicling the mayhem in Congress leading up to the Civil War. Obvious parallels leap from the page/words and, on the one hand, comfort me in thinking about the Union surviving Congressional b...

    Anyone interested in the Civil War and the events leading up to it should read this book. It is very well researched as evedinced by the fact that almost half the book is notes and source lists. It is also very readable and highly entertaining. While this book in no way sites parrales ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    This is an interesting history of the lead-up to the American Civil War, focused on events in Congress. I liked Freeman's writing style, but the organization of the 1st half of the book was kind of confusing for me. It was not told in a chronological order, which led to a lot of repeti...

    Professor Freeman has a wonderful and lively writing style. This is a fascinating book, that sheds new light on a dark chapter in American history. Seen from the vantage of 21st America, a riven Congress that cannot accomplish a single thing, it is startling to learn how poorly Congres...

    A well researched and written book about the little known environment in Congress between 1830 and 1860. Public records glossed over the extent and description of the violence, mental and physical, that took place in the Capital building with a Congress that was being torn apart with t...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    Joanne Freeman has uncovered the dark underside of violence in past Congressional history. Fisticuffs, duels (including one fatal), brawls and canings were part of Congressional debates between the 1830?s and 1860. Largely used by the southern slavocracy to intimidate and quell debat...

    This book is a phenomenal look into the minutiae of life in the antebellum Congress and a great explanation as to how violence in Congress was tied to personal, party, and sectional honor in the years before the Civil War. Looking forward to reading Freeman's other work on politics in ...

  • Michael Webb
    Oct 18, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    So much of what we learn from Dr. Freeman?s ?The Field of Blood: Violence in the Congress and the Road to Civil War? is relevant to today?s Congress that I shudder to think of what could happen were US legislators today allowed to pack guns on their bodies in either the House o...

    Joanne B. Freeman deserves credit for wading into the realities of the pre-Civil War Congress to find something beyond the eloquent speeches and forlorn compromises that are dimly remembered precursors to the nation's bloodiest struggle. She began looking into the fascinating duel that...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Freeman breathes life into a past all too frequently disconnected, romanticized, and distorted. Her prose moves with easy and while she may have a vast store of insight to drawn from, she keeps her book from every feeling dense or overly academic. Instead, Freeman allows readers to see...

    In the early days of our republic, serving as an elected official in either house of Congress could prove to be a mortal hazard. In antebellum America, the carrying of knives and guns on one?s person was common, as was drunkenness and gambling. Add to this already volatile mix the se...

    For a record of the activities of Congress in the period before and leading up to the Civil War, this succeeds in being a breezy and engaging read without sacrificing scholarship along the way. Freeman's contention is that the road to the Civil War was paved with sectional strife t...