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The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

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∙ 112 pages
∙ Young Adult Nonfiction
∙ Written by Judith St. George
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The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, you will learn more about the men who inspired Hamilton: The Musical in this fascinating look at the historical friends turned revolutionary rivals! In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college–one at Princeton, the other at Columbia–and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of the fledgling nation. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and harsh criticism for the other? Judith St. George’s lively biography, told in alternating chapters, brings to life two complex men who played major roles in the formation of the United States.
Alexander Hamilton was an influential member of the Founding Fathers. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury, and envisioned a strong central government. He died in New York City in 1804 after a duel with Aaron Burr.

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