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Historic Hamilton-Burr Duel At Center Of New Book

A depiction of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, in an illustration by J. Mund. (Wikimedia Commons)
A depiction of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, in an illustration by J. Mund. (Wikimedia Commons)

On July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr, the sitting vice president, shot one of the nation’s founding fathers in a duel. Burr and Alexander Hamilton had a longstanding personal dispute that ended in Hamilton’s death.

A new book by John Sedgwickcalled “War of Two retraces the root of the conflict, and uncovers a personal correspondence that Sedgwick’s ancestor had with Hamilton before the fateful day. Sedgwick spoke with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti on Radio Boston.

Guest

  • John Sedgwick, author of “War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation.” He tweets @_JohnSedgwick.

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