I am halfway through a remarkable opportunity, the Hodson Trust/John Carter Brown Library Fellowship.  The grant supported me for two months of research at the library in Providence (where there was a lot less snow than in Maryland!), about Aaron Burr’s conspiracy of 1805-07.  The grant also will cover two more months of writing at Washington…

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The history of Haiti — which has taken such a terrible turn tis week — is intertwined with the story of Aaron Burr’s western conspiracy.  The slave revolt and war for independence in Haiti in the 1790s and early 1800s intersected with Burr in two important ways.   First, many French refugees from San Domingo (as…

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A striking feature of Aaron Burr’s life is the paucity of written material he left behind.  For a man who spent 20 years in public life during the nation’s founding, the material left is slim indeed.  The Political Correspondence and Papers of Aaron Burr were published in 1983 and constitute only two volumes.  By way of…

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On January 4, 1810, Aaron Burr met with the poet Johan Goethe in Weimar, Germany.   They were rough contemporaries:  Goethe was 60; Burr 53.   But they were at very different stages in their lives.    Goethe was a literary giant in 1810, renowned for The Sorrows of Young Werther, and still producing great poetry as he…

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In 1795, Burr advised his daughter Theodosia to retain her serenity at all costs.  If only he had followed his own advice nine years later when he challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel! Receive with calmness ever reproof, whether made kindly or unkindly, whether just or unjust.  Consider within yourself whether there has been no cause…

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We started this year of impeachment with Governor Blago in Illinois.  Then federal Judge Sam Kent in Houston went down.  And now Gov. Mark Sanford of South Caroline — he of the Appalachian Trail euphemism — may be next up on the impeachment hit parade. My musings on this impeachment surfeit are at Huffington Post.

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In the last several weeks, I have talked about my book, Impeached, before several groups in the South:  Altanta, Lexington (KY), Nashville, Memphis. I was somewhat anxious about these appearances.  After all, The book (and my talks) are highly critical of Southern policies towards the freed slaves.immediately after the Civil War. I also take a…

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