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Historian Joanne Freeman: The Past as Present

Marcia Franklin talks with Yale Professor of History Joanne Freeman about her book The Field of Blood. In it, Freeman illustrates how the U.S. Congress leading up to the Civil War was a more violent body than previously thought. Franklin asks her about parallels to current tensions in Congress. Freeman also discusses her next book, “Hunting for Hamilton,” and the value of studying history.

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Originally Aired: 11/8/2019

The interview is part of Dialogue’s series “Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference” and was taped at the 2019 conference. Since 1995, the conference has been bringing together some of the world’s most well-known and illuminating authors to discuss literature and life.

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