My 17-year old daughter is obsessed with Aaron Burr. Where did I go wrong as a parent? @allyrae19
— John Fea (@JohnFea1) December 15, 2014
Listening to my daughter and her friends talk about Burr inspired me to crack open Nancy Isenberg's Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr. (It's been sitting on my "to read" list for too long). After reading Isenberg's introduction I realized that I may have tweeted too soon. (Sorry Aaron!) I think it is fair to say that Burr was no saint, but Isenberg seems to make a compelling case that his reputation as a scoundrel was created by supporters of Hamilton.
So maybe I am not that bad a parent after all. I will know for sure after I finish the book.
Another response to my Aaron Burr tweet came from my student Grady Breen. He called my attention to this very funny video: