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Chapter One Of The Founding Brothers Analysis

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Chapter one of the Founding Brothers commences during the time after the American Revolution, when the unfledged nation was still in its infancy. This is the only chapter that is out of chronological order. A duel, often coded as an interview, was an outlawed event between gentlemen that used one-on-one combat to settle disputes and protect honor. That being said, Colonel Aaron Burr challenged General Alexander Hamilton to a duel that consequently resulted in the death of his opponent. Ellis addresses that the reason that Burr initiated the duel is because “ Hamilton had been libeling him through their crisscrossing careers in public life”(para. 30) and furthermore, that Hamilton couldn’t back out because if he did his reputation would be tainted.
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