An analysis of Vice President Aaron Burr's role in a possible conspiracy against America.

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Aaron Burr: Traitor or Not

Jay Judah

On July 11th, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton stood back to back in Weehawken, New Jersey. The two men took ten paces, and turned to face eachother. Alexander Hamilton pointed his pistol straight into the air, and fired, refusing to kill Burr. Aaron Burr, however, aimed and fired right for Hamilton. Hamilton was wounded mortally. He died the next day. Duels like this, due to a loophole in the law, were a completely legal way to settle disputes, and after killing Hamilton, Burr simply returned to his position as Vice President. It was not until later that the world really learned how nefarious this one man was. Aaron Burr was allegedly single-handedly responsible for a plan that, had it been successful, would have completely changed life as we know it. There's a paper trail a thousand miles long that proves his connection to a militia based all across America, groups of men in every town who were poised, with the help of France, Spain and Britain, to completely destroy America.

And not once were criminal charges successfully filed against Burr. Aaron Burr was the greatest traitor in American history, and he got away with it scot-free.

Born in Newark, N.J., on Feb. 6, 1756, he was a brilliant child prodigy, entering Princeton as a sophomore when he was only 13. He studied Law, but abandoned it for politics when the Revolutionary War came about. He served on Benedict Arnold's staff during the war, and made it to a Lt. Colonel before he had to resign for health reasons. He took up law again, and was admitted to the New York Bar. His colleague and rival, Alexander Hamilton, was constantly competing with him. In 1789, Burr was elected...