UT history professor H.W. Brands’ latest book The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr offers a softer perspective of one of American history’s most controversial figures. It’s true Burr gets a bad rap. Killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel and getting accused of treason didn’t sit well with either the Federalists or the Republicans. Neither did incurring a bunch of debt. However, in spite of political power plays and poorly planned financial dealings, Burr seemed to be ahead of his time, at least on some important issues.
Blame superblogger Ezra Klein (and every AP US History teacher I know) for sending around this lively White House performance of the story of Alexander Hamilton from the perspective of his eventual assassin Aaron Burr:... Read Post
Paul Collins's new book explores the sensational murder trial for which political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces as a legal dream team. History may be written by the victors, but Alexander Hamilton became a v... Read Post