#132 The Burr Conspiracy: Interview with James Lewis

#132 The Burr Conspiracy: Interview with James Lewis

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#132 The Burr Conspiracy: Interview with James Lewis

Smithsonian Associates, Interview Series

Our guest today, Dr James Lewis, professor of History at Kalamazoo College, has written a fascinating new book about Aaron Burr, titled, The Burr Conspiracy, Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis. In the book, Dr Lewis uses the uncertainty about Burr’s intentions in the fall of 1806, and the trouble that followed, to address the role of conspiracy and crisis in our young, newly developed democracy, and the impact it had on politics and political culture. Dr Lewis also looks at how biased newspaper reports, partisan politics, the federal government, and notions of honor and gentility played out in the matter of the “chief villain of the Founding Fathers.”

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Written by Paul Vogelzang

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