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  •  Burr gets a bad rap. (none)
    Dean does a great job.

    I have two quibbles here, though.

    1. How many Americans today have any idea who Aaron Burr is? I'd have gone with Benedict Arnold, if looking for an historical traitor... And fewer and fewer people know about him, either. Imagine Jay Leno doing one of his man-on-the-street interviews, asking people who Aaron Burr is.

    2. I agree with the minority of historians who say that Burr has gotten a bad rap. One of the many reasons he faced such antagonism in his lifetime is that he was staunchly anti-slavery. And by the standards of the time, many would say that he had every reason to challenge Hamilton to a duel.

    Burr's legacy is not so black-and-white.

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    by Hudson on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 02:10:48 PM PST

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