The Treason Trials of Aaron Burr / Edition 1

The Treason Trials of Aaron Burr / Edition 1

by Peter Charles Hoffer
     
 

"Aaron Burr was an enigma even in his own day. Founding Father and vice president, he engaged in a duel with Alexander Hamilton, resulting in a murder indictment that effectively ended his legal career. And when he turned his attention to entrepreneurial activities on the frontier he was suspected of empire building - and worse." In the first book dedicated to this… See more details below

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"Aaron Burr was an enigma even in his own day. Founding Father and vice president, he engaged in a duel with Alexander Hamilton, resulting in a murder indictment that effectively ended his legal career. And when he turned his attention to entrepreneurial activities on the frontier he was suspected of empire building - and worse." In the first book dedicated to this important case, Peter Charles Hoffer unveils a cast of characters ensnared by politics and law at the highest levels of government, including President Thomas Jefferson - one of Burr's bitterest enemies - and Chief Justice John Marshall, no fan of either Burr or Jefferson. Hoffer recounts how Jefferson's prosecutors argued that the mere act of discussing an "overt Act of War" - the constitution's definition of treason - was tantamount to committing the act. Marshall, however, ruled that without the overt act, no treasonable action had occurred and neither discussion nor conspiracy could be prosecuted. Subsequent attempts to convict Burr on violations of the Neutrality Act failed as well.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700615926
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
08/14/2008
Series:
Landmark Law Cases and American Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia and the author or coauthor of many books, including The Great New York Conspiracy of 1741: Slavery, Crime, and Colonial Law and The Supreme Court: An Essential History.

Table of Contents

1 A Meeting in the Eagle Tavern 7

2 The Western Adventures of Aaron Burr 37

3 What Is a Little Treason among Revolutionaries? 56

4 The Great Conspiracy Revealed 76

5 Dress Rehearsal: Ex Parte Bollman I and II 95

6 Waiting for Wilkinson 123

7 The Trial of the Century: U.S. v. Burr 146

8 Concluding Acts 172

Afterword: What Was Burr Really After? 189

Chronology 195

Bibliographic Essay 199

Index 207

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