Course Details

710: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Burr

July 16-18
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Was Aaron Burr the arch-villain of the early American Republic? In this short presentation, we cover the contentious period of Aaron Burr's life from his early national political career and defeat by a single electoral vote in the pivotal 1800 race for the presidency, to his dramatic arrest and trial for treason in 1807, followed by subsequent European exile. We look at how Burr came to be reviled by both Jefferson and Hamilton, who were themselves political enemies, and review the events that led to the famous duel in which Alexander Hamilton was killed by Vice President Burr.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Reading prior to first session (See Description.)

Study Group Leader(s):

Alan Kogan
Alan Kogan is retired after a forty plus year career as a psychiatric clinician, administrator and teacher. He is a history buff with a particular interest in figures of American history whose character and actions have made them unique and often highly controversial.