Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr


“Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play “Hamilton” has reignited interest in the founding fathers; and it features Aaron Burr among its vibrant cast of characters. 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.”


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Publication Information

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  • Creator Nancy Isenberg
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Year 2008
  • ISBN 10 0670063525
  • ISBN 13 978-0670063529

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  • Article Title Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date March 23, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 17, 2019