2-7-12: A Would-Be American Emperor
Aaron Burr, one of the Founding Fathers, came thisclose to becoming president in the election of 1800. But what most of us remember about his, I think, is that he shot and killed Alexander Hamilton – another founding father – in a duel … and that Burr was charged with some kind of treason. What was that all about, and how did it turn out?
It’s all laid out in colorful detail the latest biography by Maryland historian David O Stewart: American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. He discusses it here, with Sheilah.
On Thursday, February 9, Stewart is speaking to a meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees in Silver Spring at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring, at 1:30. Then, at 5 pm, he’ll discuss the book at the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown – where he wrote part of this book.
In this web extra, you can hear David Stewart talk about how dueling wasn’t all that unusual in the early 19th century:
And, just for good measure — below is the milk commercial, which may have been the first introduction to Aaron Burr for some of our youngest listeners.