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Interview at Weehauken: 200th Anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton Duel, July 11, 1804

After the 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 murder.

 
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