A panoramic look at the early American republic through the lens of
the Burr Conspiracy In 1805 and 1806, Aaron Burr traveled through
the Trans-Appalachian West gathering support for a mysterious
enterprise, for which he was arrested and tried for treason in
1807. This book explores the political and cultural forces that
shaped how Americans made sense of the rumors and reports about
Burr (TM)s intentions and movements, and examines what the
resulting crisis reveals about Americans (TM) anxieties concerning
the new nation (TM)s fragile union. The Burr Conspiracy was a cause
c (c)l bre of the early republic "with Burr cast as the chief
villain of the Founding Fathers. He was said to have enticed some
people with plans to liberate Spanish Mexico, others with promises
of land in the Orleans Territory, still others with talk of
building a new empire beyond the Appalachians. James E. Lewis Jr.
looks at how differing understandings of the conspiracy were
influenced by everything from biased newspapers to notions of honor
and gentility, providing a multifaceted portrait of the republic at
a time when it was far from clear how long it would last.
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