Fallen Founder by Nancy Isenberg
The Life of Aaron Burr

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A controversial challenge to the works of Ron Chernow and David McCullough

With Fallen Founder , Nancy Isenberg plumbs rare and obscure sources to shed new light on everyone?s favorite founding villain. The Aaron Burr whom we meet through Isenberg?s eye-opening biography is a feminist, an Enlightenment figure on par with Jefferson, a patriot, and?most importantly?a man with powerful enemies in an age of vitriolic political fighting. Revealing the gritty reality of eighteenth-century America, Fallen Founder is the authoritative restoration of a figure who ran afoul of history and a much-needed antidote to the hagiography of the revolutionary era.


 

About Nancy Isenberg

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Nancy Isenberg is the Mary Frances Barnard Chair in nineteenth-century American history at the University of Tulsa. She is the author of Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America, which was chosen as the best book in the field for 1999 by the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic.
 
Published May 10, 2007 by Penguin Books. 564 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Persuasive reconsideration of possibly the most scandalous figure in American history.

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“I leave to my actions to speak for themselves,” Aaron Burr once wrote, “and to my character to confound the fictions of slander.” His faith was ill placed, at least according to Nancy Isenberg, who in her fascinating new biography, “Fallen Founder,” argues that Burr has been misunderstood, and u...

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Sex and violence ruined Aaron Burr’s name — unfairly, according to this life of Jefferson’s No. 2.

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This striking new biography by Isenberg (Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America ) argues that Burr was, indeed, the real thing, a founder "at the center of nation building" and a "capable leader in New York political circles."

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Entertainment Weekly

In Fallen Founder, a rather defensive biography of the notorious Aaron Burr, historian Nancy Isenberg tries to paint the statesman — an alleged profligate and traitor, not to mention the man who fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton — as a victim of history.

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(Burr was perhaps America's first family lawyer.) Financial problems and exaggerations about his womanizing contributed over time to increased negative perceptions of Burr and, when combined with the Hamilton affair, sealed his fate as a blackguard in the American consciousness.

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Project MUSE

She offers sharp insights on the era's political culture, locating Burr's political ideas and actions in the first two decades under the federal constitution in the distinct, if overlapping, worlds of New York state and national politics.

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