Today in History: Burr Slays Hamilton in Duel

| July 11, 2017

170710_news_219x365Hamilton is all the rage, and if you are lucky enough to get tickets then let us know! While some win lottery tickets, others are fortunate to get them another way — through a business or personal connection, or outright purchase at hundreds of dollars per seat. With music, lyrics, and book authored by Lin-Manual Miranda, this critically acclaimed, block buster show premiered on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre on July 13, 2015, and officially opened on August 6, 2015 — signifiant dates given the historical timeline. Comes to light a critical history lesson about race, class, loyalty, friendship, politics  — the structure and challenges of society, government, and our nation’s founding principles.

Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shot Alexander Hamilton, a Federalist and leader of American political economy, on July 11, 1804. Born in the Caribbean, Hamilton emigrated to the United States and joined the Continental Army, where was recognized by General George Washington who took him on as an aid. In the course of his career, Hamilton and Burr became political rivals, leading to the deadly “affair of honor” at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey — the location where Hamilton’s son died defending the honor of his father.

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