Duel 7

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Duel 7

  1. 1. The Duel Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr
  2. 2. The Clashing Politics “It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.” -Alexander Hamilton “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.” - Thomas Jefferson Federalist: VS.
  3. 3. The Rivalry Begins 1791- 1800- 1804- Burr captures senate seat from Philip Schuyler Election of 1800 Burr leaked private documents Burr runs for Governor of New York
  4. 4. Throwing Insults A private letter meant for Philip Schuyler was released to the press reveals Hamilton’s “despicable opinion” of Burr. Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and Hamilton accepted.
  5. 5. The Duel After rowing to the selected dueling spot, Hamilton and Burr readied their weapons and selected their positions. When it was time to shoot, Hamilton shot the tree next to Burr and Burr shot Hamilton.
  6. 6. Hamilton’s Intentions “I have resolved, if our interview is conducted in the usual manner, and it pleases God to give me the opportunity, to reserve and throw away my first fire, and I have thoughts even of reserving my second fire.” - Hamilton
  7. 7. Burr’s Intentions Burr had every intention of killing Hamilton that day and even later boasted about the accuracy of his shot. According to principles of Code Duello, he was entirely justified in shooting Hamilton.
  8. 8. The Consequences Hamilton died from his wounds and without his leadership, the Federalist party was left without a powerful leader. Burr was charged with murder but was acquitted. His political career never recovered.

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