Engaging overview with first-person accounts of America's most infamous duel
The Broadway sensation Hamilton has sparked renewed interest in the historical figures of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This closely annotated thread of documents provides a riveting account of the lead-up to and aftermath of their disastrous duel. From the summer of 1804, we have the fiery correspondence between Hamilton and Burr, notes and accounts from their seconds-in-command, and other documents that provide an immediate sense of the personalities and times. The introduction and conclusion provide a concise and informative perspective on the parallel lives of Hamilton and Burr and of the duel's lasting impacts on American history. This is the perfect summary of the events that inspired the hit musical—a great resource for teachers and students and the perfect gift for history buffs.
Aaron Burr, 1802
Alexander Hamilton, 1802
Letter of Burr to Hamilton
Letter of Hamilton to Burr
HAROLD C. SYRETT (1913 1984) was president of Brooklyn College, professor of American history at Columbia University and executive editor of the 26-volume Papers of Alexander Hamilton. JEAN G. COOKE is assistant editor of the multi-volume Papers of Alexander Hamilton. WILLARD M. WALLACE (1911 2000) was an American historian who taught at Wesleyan University from 1945 to 1981. His numerous books include Soul of the Lion and Connecticut's Dark Star of the Revolution.