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Founding Brothers - Joseph Ellis Chapter 1 - The Duel This chapter talks about the famous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton and the controversy surrounding the different accounts of the mornings events It is believed that Hamilton fired first but that he intentionally aimed to miss Burr which he did It is believed that Burr fired two shots one of which of which was a fatal wound to Hamilton entering 4 inches above his hip ricocheting of his rib cage piercing his liver and diaphragm a lodging in his spinal cord It is not certain the exact order of events Some say Burr fired and hit Hamilton which caused Hamilton to fire and errant shot then Burr fired a second which was also a miss Hamilton died in the afternoon of the next day and has been considered a martyr in the cause of federalism Burr was then treated as the new Benedict Arnold Chapter 2 - The Dinner The second chapter talks about the events taking place during a dinner party held at the estate of Thomas Jefferson between Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton and southern Congressman James Madison Hamilton was trying to get congress to approve his plan to restore the public credit Madison was leader of the group that opposed one of the major points of this plan - the assumption of state debts by the federal government The two sides came to a compromise - Madison would not oppose Hamiltons plan and Hamilton would use his influence to ensure that the national capital would remain in the south on the Potomac River where it still remains today The chapter then goes on to talk about the results of the fedral assumption of the debt Hamiltons Report on the Public Credit and the events during the debate of the new resting place of the nations capital Chapter 3 - The Silence The third chapter talks about the great debate
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