Interview at Weehauken: 200th Anniversary of
the Burr-Hamilton Duel, July 11, 1804
Revolutionary War, New Yorkers Alexander
Hamilton and Aaron Burr were referred to as
"much the greatest men in this state, and
perhaps the greatest men in the United
States." A political rivalry developed
between the two men, which led to a
fateful correspondence and culminated in
the tragic "interview" at Weehawken on July 11, 1804.
This exhibit provides the correspondence and
the cultural and historic context in which
the letters were written, as well as a bibliography
and online resources.
Was He a Man or a Monster? Merchandising Murder
in the Nineteenth Century Popular Press
An exhibition prepared by the New York State
Historical Association and the Cooperstown
Graduate Program, the nineteenth-century
pamphlets shown in this exhibition were drawn
from the holdings of the Research Library of the
New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) in
Cooperstown, New York.
Established by the
folklorist Louis C. Jones, NYSHA's collection of
murder pamphlets contains some 400 items
published primarily in the 18th-19th centuries.
These pamphlets document the changing perception
of the murderer from a repentant sinner to a
monstrous deviant. The vocabulary of mystery and
horror, which has replaced that of human
sinfulness, has shaped contemporary reactions to