The Year of The Hangman Book Blog

Join an 8th grade American History class in Liberty, Missouri as they read the historical novel "The Year of the Hangman" and ask what would have happened if the Patriots would have lost the American Revolutionary War....

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Week 3 - Question #1

A duel becomes a major event in this portion of the novel. One of the most famous duels in American history tragically takes the life of Alexander Hamilton. Read more about the famous Burr-Hamilton duel that took place in 1804 using this wikipedia link. In your comment for this post explain why you think that Burr actually shot and killed Hamilton.

Read more about the famous 1804 duel with these links:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that Burr shot Hamilton because he thought Hamilton shot him. This was not true at all though. Whn Burr thought he had been shot he shot back at Hamilton. Usually duals would just have people show up and shoot into the air and keep their pride but this duel went down different due to Burr thinking he was shot.

Clayton B

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Ethan L. said...

yes, i believe I would have made the same choice because at the time, Chregihton was still loyal to his uncle and to is country. Why would his decision change if he still felt the same way as he did before he left England?

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Tyler T. said...

What I don't get is that Burr THOUGHT he got shot. Wouldn't you know if you had a bullet in you? I think that Burr was just mad so he made up getting shot so he would have a clear shot at Hamilton.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Dylan S. said...

I think that Burr shot Hamilton because of political reasons. They dissagreed on somethings, so, naturally, being 1804, they shot at each other. I also think that Burr didin't really get shot by Hamilton, he was just being a cold harted guy. Like what Clayton said, usually duels just ended with guys shooting in the air being scared out of their minds. But Burr had other intentions this time. Being a man with his level of power, I'm sure that he was in a few duels in his time. But this time, he thought it out.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Madie B said...

I believe that Burr shot Hamilton because he was jealous of Hamilton. And then he made up some lame excuse that 'well i thought he shot me'...thats a bunch of what Tree said...if you had a bullet in would know. So I think he made that excuse up to protect his ego.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Logan S. said...

I believe that Burr shot Hamilton because he was afraid that Hamilton would become more powerful in government then he would and that he would take his chance of becoming a president. Lots of people like Hamilton and thought he would be well suited for president. Since Burr was afraid, he decided to take the risk and kill Hamilton. By killing him though, he hurt his chances even more and became strongly disliked.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

I think Burr killed Hamilton because he was jealous. I mean he shot him because Hamilton picked Washington over him. They were friends he was probably thinking I thought that Hamilton was wrong that trator.

8:12 PM  

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