Joanne B. Freeman, Hunting for Hamilton: A User's Guide to Understanding a Confounding Founder | Newberry

Joanne B. Freeman, Hunting for Hamilton: A User's Guide to Understanding a Confounding Founder

Joanne Freeman

Joanne Freeman

Thursday, October 20, 2016

6 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; seating first-come, first-served.
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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.


Freeman’s articles have appeared in a wide range of academic journals including William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Policy History, and Yale Law Journal, among others. She has written op-ed pieces for the New York Times, and appeared in a host of documentaries on PBS and the History Channel, and in a number of radio programs for NPR and the BBC. She has done extensive work in the realm of public history, including co-curating museum exhibitions, acting as a historical consultant for documentary filmmakers, and giving frequent public lectures at venues such as the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the National Gallery of Art, and Colonial Williamsburg, among other places. She has also worked extensively with high school history teachers and students in workshops, lectures, and symposia around the nation. In the last two years, she has worked as a historical consultant for the National Park Service in the reconstruction of the Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial.


Explore the highlights of the Newberry’s Hamilton-related collection materials, or download a printable PDF copy.


Copies of Freeman’s recent publications will be available in the Newberry Bookstore.


Cosponsored with the Jack Miller Center.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; no registration required. Seating will be first-come, first-served; the doors will open at 5:15.