Presented in partnership with the Thursday Nights at the Museum Series and the Westfall Politics & History Series. Join us 5:00–6:30 p.m. for Happy Hour and explore the museum’s exhibits. Food and drinks available for purchase. Pulitzer Prize finalist H.W. Brands presents the revelatory history of vicious political division at the birth of the United States. To the framers of the Constitution, political parties were a fatal threat to republican virtues. Yet parties emerged even before the Constitution was ratified. Brands has crafted a lively narrative of the early years of the republic.H.W. Brands talk will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a book signing session at 7:30 p.m.