Lecture on Alexander Hamilton at the Newberry Library

Yale professor of history, Joanne B. Freeman on “Hunting for Hamilton: A User’s Guide to Understanding a Confounding Founder” at the Newberry Library in Chicago

Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 6:00 PM

Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history at Yale University, specializes in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods of American History. She recently appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary “The Duel”, exploring the fatal 1804 clash between Burr and Hamilton.

Freeman earned her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Her most recent book, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic (Yale University Press), won the Best Book award from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and her edited volume, Alexander Hamilton: Writings (Library of America) was one of the Atlantic Monthly’s “best books” of 2001. Her current project, The Field of Blood: Congressional Violence in Antebellum America, explores physical violence in the U.S. Congress between 1830 and the Civil War, and what it suggests about the institution of Congress, the nature of American sectionalism, the challenges of a young nation’s developing democracy, and the longstanding roots of the Civil War.

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