To open Week Four, we will be honored–and I mean that–with a virtual guest appearance, with an address by Yale History Professor Joanne Freeman on the fascinating, mostly-forgotten history of violence in the United States Congress. As you watch the below with Ms. Freeman, you can and should comment in real time. What does Freeman’s research suggest about how congressional politics has changed over time? What lessons or hints might it hold, not just about the past, but about how to understand and contextualize historically disagreement in Congress today? How does Freeman see changing communications technology as influencing political disagreements before the Civil War and today?
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