Aaron Burr: After the Duel, with Douglas Ambrose
Much attention has been placed on the relationship between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton leading up to the fateful duel that ended Hamilton’s life in 1804, but Burr’s wild life after the duel is just as dramatic. Join Douglas Ambrose in the Fenimore Auditorium for an exploration of treason, exile, debt, and folly that followed Aaron Burr until his death in 1836.
A book singing of Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, authored by Ambrose, will follow the lecture.
This lecture is included with museum admission. Museum members are free!
Douglas Ambrose is the Carolyn and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at Hamilton College, where he has taught since 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His teaching and research interests include early America, the Old South, and American religious history. His publications include Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South (LSU 1996) and The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America’s Most Elusive Founding Father (NYU 2006), a volume he co-edited with Hamilton colleague Robert W. T. Martin. He has edited and written the introduction to the late Eugene D. Genovese’s The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at Home (Cambridge forthcoming). He has also written numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries about Southern slavery and Southern intellectual life. Ambrose is one of three co-founders of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. He is a recipient of Hamilton College’s Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award and the Hamilton College Student Assembly’s Sidney Wertimer Award for mentorship. In 2016 Hamilton named him the Carolyn and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of History. He is currently working with the Fenimore Art Museum to transcribe and publish a collection of documents held by the Museum on the Burr-Hamilton duel.