Burr and Hamilton Teach Conflict Management
Aaron Burr (Wikimedia)
Everyone gets into disagreements and has someone they greatly dislike. Usually we restrain the conflict to talking behind backs, passive aggressive comments, maybe a drunken fight, or even ambiguous Facebook statuses saying things such as “Why are people so stupid? You’re not even worth my time” (Seriously, don’t put those up. They’re annoying and make you look like a fool/drama queen). The problem back in the early 1800s was that there was no Facebook to vent one’s anger. As a result, enemies shot at each other in duels instead. On this day in 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr engaged in a duel with each other.
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr never saw eye to eye. It seems as if, from the time they crossed paths, they had always opposed each other. Hamilton was the Secretary of the Treasury and Burr was the third Vice President under Thomas Jefferson. Although never actually running against one another, Hamilton felt it his duty to prevent Burr’s success whenever possible. He saw Burr as evil and ill-intentioned. When Burr ran as a candidate for the presidency, Hamilton ensured that he did not get elected and Burr became the Vice President. When Burr ran for governor of New York, Hamilton was there again to ruin his plans.
If you were Burr, wouldn’t you have had enough of that? He definitely did and decided to challenge Hamilton to a duel. This was common practice, but not actually legal and had to be hidden from the public view. The duel took place in
Alexander Hamilton (Wikimedia)
Weehawken (town mentioned inThe Lorax!). It appears that Hamilton intentionally fired away from Burr while Burr’s shot Hamilton in the stomach. What is wrong with Burr actually shooting to kill? He is not James Bond and does not have a license to do so. I think I would prefer a fist fight over all of this.
For both men, the duel turned out to be an awful mistake. Hamilton died the next day of his injury and Burr’s life went downhill immediately after. There were attempts to charge him with murder, clearly, but nothing ever came of the charges. His political career ended after the Vice Presidency and he was eventually charged with treason for trying to create a new country out of Louisiana (Isn’t that what Vermont is trying to do now?). As I said, nothing worked out for these man afterward.
Moral of the story is settle your differences some other way. Just don’t bring your problems to Facebook either. I’m serious. No one cares.
We will post any videos submitted to us reenacting this famous duel (Without any real ammo!). Do not use any real weaponry or we will not post it.