Politics and Violence with Joanne B. Freeman

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Dec 11, 20181h 7m
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Politics and Violence with Joanne B. Freeman
Dec 11 '181h 7m
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Imagine what would happen if your Senator was beaten bloody on the Senate floor. Or if your Congressperson pulled a gun on a member of the opposition party. Our current political climate is ugly but that kind of violence would be unfathomable today. In the early and mid-1800s however, it was a whole different story. Joanne Freeman spent 17 years wrenching out the hidden history of just how endemic violence was within the political class in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Freeman shares riveting accounts of Capitol Hill beatings, brawls, and duels, and details how that period of violence led to a war that shaped what our country would become. Email us at WITHpod@gmail.com Tweet using #WITHpod Read more at nbcnews.com/whyisthishappening RELATED READING: The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman Affairs of Honor by Joanne B. Freeman

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