"An Attack Well Directed": Aaron Burr Intrigues for the Presidency

  title={"An Attack Well Directed": Aaron Burr Intrigues for the Presidency},
  author={Thomas N. Baker},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={553 - 598}
This article challenges a reigning interpretation of the pivotal contested U. S. presidential election of 1800: the view that Aaron Burr did not try actively to wrest victory from his running-mate Thomas Jefferson. With variations, this case is advanced in Nancy Isenberg's Fallen Founder (2007), Edward J. Larson's A Magnificent Catastrophe (2007), Joanne B. Freeman's Affairs of Honor (2001), and most other modern accounts of this election. This article offers new evidence of behind-the-scenes… Expand
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