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The Hamilton Burr Duel - By Seth Dolak - History 2 -
Burr shoots Hamilton in his gut unexpectedly.
Hamilton is rushed to the hospital, but dies the next day. He was killed with his own pistols.
How it happened: Alexander Hamilton was a strong federalist, and when the election of 1800 came around, he wasn't very happy. However, he disliked Burr more than Jefferson, so he spread some stories about Burr that may or may not have been true. Because of this, Burr became very angry. He challenged Hamilton to a duel, in which Hamilton politely denied. However, Burr stated that if Hamilton did not accept, then all his stories were lies, and his political career would be ruined forever. So eventually, Hamilton accepted.
My Opinion: I think it's stupid that people had to kill and fight each other just to save their political careers. However, it's not that far fetched from today's politics. Today there seems to be a lot of lying and bashing one another around too, though it' still not near to killing each other. Overall, I think it would of been more wise to talk to each other, or do anything besides killing eachother.
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