5 Books to Mark 220 Years Since the Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr Duel

Posted on July 11, 2024

by Franco V

On July 11, 1804, a single shot fired on the dueling grounds of Weehawken, New Jersey, forever altered the course of American history. The infamous duel between Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers and the first Secretary of the Treasury, and Aaron Burr, the sitting Vice President, has captivated the imagination of historians and enthusiasts for over two centuries. As we commemorate the 220th anniversary of this pivotal event, a wealth of literature offers fresh perspectives and insights into the lives, motivations, and legacies of these two towering figures. Here are compelling books that delve into the Hamilton-Burr duel, shedding light on the complex interplay of ambition, honor, and political rivalry that defined an era. These works not only chronicle the events leading up to that fateful morning but also examine the enduring impact of the duel on American society.

Did you like this blog post? Keep up to date with all of our posts by subscribing to the Library’s newsletters!

Keep your reading list updated with our book lists. Our staff love to read and they’ll give you the scoop on new tv-series inspired titles, hobbies, educational resources, pop culture, current events, and more!

Looking for more great titles? Get personalized recommendations from our librarians with this simple form.