Lead: In July, 1804, Alexander Hamilton answered the challenge of his archrival Aaron Burr and was fatally shot in a duel. He may have booby-trapped himself.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: For nearly two centuries, Hamilton has been seen as the hapless victim of his ruthless opponent. After years of nearly constant political, social and business conflict, the two finally came to blows. Hamilton fired first over Burr's head. Burr took careful aim and gunned the other man down. Hamilton is said to have murmured that he never intended to shoot Burr, but his choice of pistols may indicate that he might not have been completely honest.


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