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Oct. 3, 2021

3.36 – Trial

3.36 – Trial

Year(s) Discussed: 1806-1807

Little did the Jefferson administration, while preparing to prosecute the former Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, for treason, that they would be faced at the same time with an external challenge that threatened to plunge the nation into war. In mid-1807, the President, his Cabinet, and the nation were all anxious for the latest information from the Burr trial in Richmond as well as whether Great Britain was truly declaring war on the US following the attack on an American naval vessel off the coast of Virginia.


Featured Image: “John Marshall” by Rembrandt Peale [c. 1834], courtesy of Wikipedia


Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band

 

Special thanks to Chris Fernandez-Packham of the Age of Victoria podcast for providing the intro quote and to Alex Van Rose for his audio editing work for this episode!

The transcript for this episode can be found here.

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Featured Image: “USS Chesapeake” by F Muller [c. early 1900s], courtesy of Wikipedia