Presented by

The Township of

Richard F. Turner,

and the

Township Council

James J. Terlizzi
Deputy Mayor
Councilman at Large

Carmela Silvestri Ehret
First Ward

Rosemary J. Lavagnino
Second Ward

Robert J. Sosa
Third Ward


Historical Commission


Speaker Biography:
Joanne Freeman

Joanne B. Freeman is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the political history and culture of revolutionary and early national America, with a particular interest in honor culture and dueling. Born in Queens, New York in 1962, she attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, graduating in 1984. After a brief career in advertising, she worked as a public historian for seven years, during which she curated museum exhibits, coordinated educational programs, and gave public lectures for institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the United States Department of Treasury, South Street Seaport Museum, and the Museum of American Financial History. In 1992, she pursued graduate study at the University of Virginia, receiving her M.A. in American History in 1993, and her Ph.D. in 1998. In 1997, she joined the faculty of Yale University, receiving tenure and promotion to full professorship in 2002.

Freeman's books include Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic (Yale University Press, 2001) - which was awarded the 'Best Book of the Year' prize by the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic in 2002 - and Alexander Hamilton: Writings (Library of America, 2001). Her research on Hamilton has taken her to St. Kitts, Nevis, and Scotland, among other places, and given her the opportunity to shoot a black-powder dueling pistol.

Professor Freeman has published numerous articles and essays in books and professional journals, including 'Dueling as Politics: Reinterpreting the Burr-Hamilton Duel,' William and Mary Quarterly, April 1996; 'The Election of 1800: A Study in the Process of Political Change,' Yale Law Journal, June 1999; 'Slander, Poison, Whispers, and Fame: Jefferson's ďAnas' and Political Combat in the Early Republic,' Journal of the Early Republic, Spring 1995; 'History as Told by the Devil Incarnate: Gore Vidal's Burr,' in Novel History: History According to the Novelists, ed. Mark Carnes (Simon & Schuster, 2001); ''The Art and Address of Ministerial Management: Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Congress,' in Neither Separate Nor Equal: Congress and the Executive Branch in the 1790s, ed. Kenneth Bowling (Ohio University Press, 2000); 'Explaining the Unexplainable: Reinterpreting the Sedition Act,' in The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History, ed. Julian Zelizer, Meg Jacobs, and William Novak (Princeton University Press, 2003); and 'Corruption and Compromise in the Election of 1800: A Study in the Logic of Political Change,' in The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic, ed. Peter S. Onuf and Jan Lewis (University Press of Virginia, September 2002).

A frequent lecturer on the politics and personalities of America's founding period, Freeman has spoken at such venues as Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the United States Capitol Historical Society, Monticello, and the Hamilton Grange National Park Site, and has taught classes for the New York Council for History Education, the New Jersey Council for History Education, and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, among others. She has also advised and appeared on numerous television documentaries and educational programs, including 'The Duel' (The American Experience, PBS), 'Founding Brothers' (History Channel), 'Dueling in the New World' (Discovery Channel); and 'This Week in History' (History Channel).

Professor Freeman is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the International Center for Jefferson Studies.  She is currently working on a book about political violence and the culture of Congress in antebellum America.

Joanne Freeman