History on this day……1882 the Immigration Act that banned Chinese immigrants for ten years (sounds familiar for some reason)
1908–Allan Allensworth filed for the first Afro-American city…..Allensworth, California
But the big situation was in the early years of the republic.
On this day in 1807, Aaron Burr, the former VP of the United States and presidential candidate goes on trial for treason.
Burr was arrested in the Mississippi Territory in 1807……my post on this situation……https://lobotero.com/2019/02/19/the-arrest-of-aaron-burr-1807/
What was the nature of the plot that had seen Burr charged with treason? Even today, many details of the scheme remain hazy. “Too many people told too many different stories, and too many people had things to hide,” historian Buckner F. Melton has written. What is known is that Burr worked to raise a small army on the American frontier. He may have hoped to lead an independent campaign against Spanish-held territories in Texas and Mexico, but it’s also possible that he planned to wrest a portion of the newly acquired frontier from the United States. According to some contemporaries, Burr had designs on founding a new western nation with himself as its emperor.
A very good account of the trial……
For those too lazy to read…..this video will help……
I have studied this incident….and I think that it was Jefferson being petty that caused the acquittal…..Jefferson had made promises that he did not keep and Burr wanted revenge on Tommie…..for his lies and manipulations.
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