Joanne B. Freeman is an award-winning professor of history and American studies at Yale University and the author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. Freeman has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and The History Channel, as well as in The New York Times and the Washington Post, and is a co-host of the popular history podcast “BackStory.” Her award-winning history, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, was declared one of the year’s “Best Books” by The Atlantic.
Professor Freeman describes how citizens and founding fathers felt about the likelihood of success for their fragile experiment in democracy. From the backgrounds and ideas of the founding fathers, she enlightens us on how the differences between political parties came about.
The common idea at that time that success or failure of the nation might depend on these differences in political ideas, seems to be almost a prediction of the extreme actions that came forth during the uprising of January 6, 2021. She suggests that saving the nation justified any action, whether legal or not.