James E. Lewis Jr. Presents THE BURR CONSPIRACY

Vice President, Villian and/or Vicitm, there is little doubt that Aaron Burr (Sir) was both friend and foe to his contemporary compatriots and also a man of great intellect and ideas, whose story is far from being told. Join historian James E. Lewis and his new book "The Burr Conspiracy" for an investigation of early 19th centrury political and cultural forces that shaped stories of Burr’s bold national intentions and movements, and examines what the resulting crisis reveals about the anxieties of a new nation.

The Burr Conspiracy was a cause célèbre of the early republic—with Burr cast as the chief villain of the Founding Fathers—even as the evidence against him was vague and conflicting. Rather than trying to discover the real intentions of Burr or his accusers—Thomas Jefferson foremost among them—James E. Lewis Jr. looks at how differing understandings of the Burr Conspiracy were shaped by everything from partisan politics and biased newspapers to notions of honor and gentility. He also traces the enduring legacy of the stories that were told and accepted during this moment of uncertainty.

James E. Lewis Jr. is associate professor of history at Kalamazoo College. His books include The Louisiana Purchase: Jefferson’s Noble Bargain? and John Quincy Adams: Policymaker for the Union. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
3019 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780691177168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Princeton University Press - October 24th, 2017

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