Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
“Did Aaron Burr conspire to overthrow the government, dismember the union, or make himself emperor of Mexico? James Lewis’ compelling history shows how frustrated efforts to answer these questions reflected deep – and amply justified – anxieties about America’s future. The Burr Conspiracy offers a dazzling portrait of the new nation in the grip of a profound existential crisis, and a mirror for our own critical times.” Peter S Onuf, coauthor of “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs,” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.
'A multifaceted and panoramic portrait of the early American republic as seen through the lens of the Burr Conspiracy.'
James Lewis, Professor of History at Kalamazoo College, is a finalist for the prestigious George Washington Prize, 2018. His previous books include The Louisiana Purchase: Jefferson’s Noble Bargain? and John Quincy Adams: Policymaker for the Union.