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american civ final - Burr-Hamilton Duel Lecture • • •...

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Burr-Hamilton Duel Lecture Alexander Hamilton, former Secretary of the Treasury, was shot and killed in a duel by Aaron Burr, Vice President of the U.S. in NJ o Differing views of what America should be held by these two men o Burr tries to get west to succeed from east: treason trial o Outlaws duels in many states. Duels become a southern thing Disagreement issues: modern. Duels: old-fashioned People didn’t imagine political factions Cast one vote for President and Vice President: Aaron Burr and Jefferson tied. Hamilton says Burr is dangerous. Jefferson won. Convinced that Burr tried to steal the presidency from him. Hamilton born a poor bastard child. Becomes important in American Army. Becomes a Schuler Hamilton was committed to a strong federal government 1789: Washington’s Secretary of Treasury. Major factor in NY politics Both men famous for having affairs (public), but neither man lost favor from this Masculinity o Bravery: only women showed cowardice o Male reputation comes from the opinion others had of him o Women not allowed near duels. Hamilton didn’t tell his wife. Left her a note. Reaffirm power and status. Do not duel with someone of lower class o Adam Smith said “public opinion is the mirror of one’s public self” o Duels are pervasive. Words matter. If you use certain words duels were inevitable o Duels called interview. About women or politics Convicted of ambition, political favors End when equality is recognized/ an apology is issued First faction rises in opposition to Constitution. Anti-Federalists. Too much power in the federal government. Want states’ rights o Anti-Federalists won over to Constitution by Bill of Rights and states given powers not given to the Federal government. Shay’s Rebellion also persuades them o Federalists (Hamilton) set up first national bank (controversial for the new nation). U.S. in terrible debt after war (4/5 owed to U.S. people). Buy back at original price and interest o Internal improvements: roads, canals, ditches that help commerce Farmers hate internal improvements. Don’t take people for this Jeffersonian Republicans: opposed to Hamilton. Believe in a weak central government. States’ rights o Doesn’t like banks, cities, urban workers o Believes in working with soil NY politics o Governor of NY Clinton turns to Jefferson
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o Schuler’s on Hamilton’s side o Burr Republicans: side with Burr after election o Each faction has a newspaper o At time, Hamilton ruled NY. Required massive amounts of property. Ex.
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