The Treason Trial Of The Century

You would think with all the drama going around Washington these days I would be writing about the possibility of a trial of Trump for treason.

You would be WRONG!  (did you trolls on the Right read that?  But if the concept of wrong eludes you let me know and I will have a 4 year old explain it to you)

You guys know how much I like history and that I am an opinionated SOB (in case the grammar police are reading…..SOB stands for son of a bitch….in case you were not sure)

The trial was the biggest scandal that has hit the US in its day……it dominated the news during the trial…..

This trial for treason is about the deal with Aaron Burr…..the man was the VP of the nation and he is the one that shot and killed Hamilton in a duel……you see he had dreams of grandeur….and he acted on those dreams…..

Never has an American trial produced such an impressive set of key players: 

the defendant– Aaron Burr, founding father, Vice President, and slayer of Alexander Hamilton in their famous duel three years earlier; 
the trial judge–John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (and the most important justice in history); 
the force behind the prosecution–Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and  president of the United States; 
defense attorneys–Edmund Randolph  and Luther Martin, both delegates to the Constitutional Convention and among the most prominent men of the day; prosecutors– Charles Lee, former Attorney General, and William Wirt, future presidential candidate. 

Source: The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr

This story has more plot twists than any Guy Richie movie that you may have seen….it makes excellent reading…..that is if you like intrigue, mystery, betrayal, foreign agents and courtroom drama…..some say it was witchcraft that made Burr do it…but it was nothing more than blind ambition.

This is a tale that very few Americans know anything about…..not taught in history class before college…

Try it…you will like it!


10 thoughts on “The Treason Trial Of The Century

  1. I used to enjoy Paul Harvey’s “The Rest Of The Story” series… even got the book. Love the current various “history” series’ on cable.. like “Mysteries At The Museum”, History: Fact Or Fiction”.. and any of those genre. Amazing what school does not tell you that slips through the cracks yet can hold the entire meaning. “How The States Got Their Shapes was a great series; perfect for school kids… and old farts like me.
    Anyway.. you mentioning the untold Aaron Burr story prompted me to reply a bit out of sync.

  2. I have always thought that the duel, and the circumstances surrounding it, would make a good film.
    Perhaps you should pitch it?
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I have tried….I sent the History Channel several historic ideas…the trial, the duel and then one about the Republic of West Florida… one would even acknowledge they received the ideas…..typical….chuq

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