Con­gres­sion­al ten­sions draw com­par­isons to pre-Civ­il War polar­iza­tion

Ten­sions on Capi­tol Hill explod­ed this week with sev­er­al heat­ed moments, includ­ing one inci­dent of alleged phys­i­cal vio­lence, lead­ing experts to draw com­par­isons between the polar­iza­tion in the years pre­ced­ing the Civ­il War to cur­rent Repub­li­can divi­sions in the coun­try’s high­est ranks.
Dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­si­ty Allan Licht­man remarked on the recent Capi­tol Hill quar­rels, not­ing that the height­ened ten­sions are “quite remark­able” giv­en the rel­a­tive­ly long his­to­ry of civil­i­ty in the halls of Con­gress.
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Licht­man also not­ed that the intra­party nature of the con­flicts is the most sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence from the vio­lence of the 1800s, say­ing that a few have “involved mem­bers of the same polit­i­cal par­ty.”
Accord­ing to pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Joanne Free­man, who au …