THE CAST OF

CHARACTERS

The story of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is filled with figures important to America’s founding and the establishment of its government. Discover how their lives intersected and what they thought about each other.

THE CAST OF

CHARACTERS

THE

LETTERS

THE

LETTERS

A series of increasingly contentious letters between Hamilton and Burr led up to their fateful duel. See and read the original letters here.

FEDERALISTS VS.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICANS

The two-party government system the United States is familiar with was caused in part by Alexander Hamilton’s policies as Secretary of the Treasury. What did the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans stand for?

FEDERALISTS VS.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICANS

THE

DUEL

THE

DUEL

On July 11, 1804, Hamilton and Burr met in Weehawken, New Jersey for the duel that would take Hamilton’s life and would send Burr into exile. Read about the duel and the aftermath here.

THE

TIMELINE

Follow the full path of letters written between Hamilton, Burr, and their seconds before and after the duel to gain a better understanding of how this tragic event took place.

HAMILTON

LESSON PLAN

A free lesson plan for middle and high school teachers will lead students through the Hamilton/Burr story with a series of in-class activities.

BIBLIOGRAPHY &

CREDITS

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