Episode Two: The Hamilton-Burr Duel

This time we discuss the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, as well as their famous duel that took place in 1804. It’s kind of nutty to think that a vice president shot and killed a founding father. Was it murder? Was it legal (at the time) dueling? You decide.

P.S. As noted in the episode, Hamilton’s wife’s maiden name seems to be pronounced close to Skyler, but it is actually spelled Schuyler.


Isenberg, N. (2007). Fallen founder: The life of Aaron Burr.  New York, NY: Penguin.

Murray, J. A. (2007). Alexander Hamilton: America’s forgotten founder. New York, NY: Algora Publishing.

Public Broadcasting System [Producer]. (2007). American experience: Alexander Hamilton [DVD].

Stewart, D. O. (2011).  American emperor: Aaron Burr’s challenge to Jefferson’s America. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

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