Understanding The Burr-Hamilton Duel Analysis

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Multiple actions took place that intensified the conflict between Hamilton and Burr that led to their famous duel. Many of those actions could have been avoided and would have had a different ending. Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical and Joanne Freeman's article, Understanding the Burr-Hamilton Duel both include ways it could have been avoided. Once the conflict began, Hamilton and Burr could have avoided the duel, by Hamilton listening to Burr's advice, if Burr hadn't taken Philip Schulyer senate seat, and if Hamilton had simply apologized.
If Hamilton had listened to the first piece of advice that Burr offered him, many problems would have been avoided. In Aaron Burr, Sir Burr emphasized, "talk less, smile more/ don't let
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In Hamilton's America: Understanding the Burr-Hamilton Duel, they claim " Hamilton could have ended the whole affair just by apologizing if he had inadvertently given Burr offense"(Hamilton's America). In other words, this video emphasizes the fact that there was more than enough time to apologize and avoid the duel from happening. Also, the idea that if Hamilton would have set his pride and ego aside, he wouldn't have had ended the way he did. Article Burr-Hamilton reports, "I should consider the execution of the plan as devoting the country and signing their own death" (James McHenry). Basically, this article claims that after Hamilton called Burr out throughout his campaign, others started to believe that he wasn't capable of being president of the United States. If Hamilton had simply kept his thoughts to himself, Burr would have not written the first letter to Hamilton. In Your Obedient Servant Burr states, "now you call me amoral/ a dangerous disgrace/ if you've got something to say/ name a time and place/ face to face" (Burr). Burr's statement is important because it is at this point where he becomes angry with Hamilton and what he had to say. Hamilton had called him out on many occasions and it was in this moment where Burr has had enough. Ego and pride, both too big for Hamilton to set aside and

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