Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Did I Jump to Conclusions About Aaron Burr?

A few days ago I tweeted:




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: