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Random Thoughts: The other Hamilton duel – part 1

 


Previously, we looked at some of the political duels that were fought when they were a common occurrence in the United States.

Certainly, the most famous of those took place in New Jersey in 1804 when Aaron Burr, then serving as the vice-president of the United States, killed Alexander Hamilton, the former secretary of the treasury.

Having taught U.S. history for several years at the college level, I have noticed that this is one event in the American past with which most students are familiar before we discuss it in class.

The Burr-Hamilton duel was the culmination of a long-standing feu...



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