David Library Fall Lecture Series


Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 PM: “Making Sense of the Burr Conspiracy,” a lecture by James E. Lewis, Jr. In the two years that followed his famous duel with Alexander Hamilton, former Vice President Aaron Burr traveled through the Trans-Appalachian West gathering support for a mysterious enterprise, for which he was arrested and tried for treason in 1807. Burr was said to have enticed some people with plans to liberate Spanish Mexico, others with promises of land in the Orleans Territory, still others with talk of building a new empire beyond the Appalachian Mountains. “The Burr Conspiracy,” as it was known, became a cause célèbre of the early republic with Burr cast as the chief villain, even as the evidence against him was vague and conflicting. The author of the new book The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis will consider the various political and cultural forces that turned rumor into a scandal during the early days of the new nation’s fragile union and uncertain republic.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
David Library of the American Revolution
1201 River Rd.
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691177168
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - October 24th, 2017



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