Aaron Burr: One of the Most Notorious Traitors in History

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Often times if a child is abused or neglected, it will affect their rationality in their adult life. As a result this can lead to a life of crimes and bad decision making. This is proven by the life of Aaron Burr junior. Aaron Burr is known in history as one of the most notorious traitors in history (PBS). What if it was not Burr’s fault? What if Aaron Burr’s mind was unable to comprehend right from wrong because of his unhealthy childhood? All pieces in the timeline leading up to the infamous duel between Hamilton and Burr, are plausible contributors in the murder of Alexander Hamilton, and the attempt of treason. ​As an infant, Aaron Burr came close to death twice from severe fevers (Welling). At the age of two, Burr’s parents both became ill and passed away, making he and his sister Sally orphans. This is very traumatic for a young child to experience; it will also affect how cognitive his mind would be. The two siblings were sent to live with their uncle, Reverend Timothy Edwards, in Elizabethtown (Welling). Burr bumped heads with Edwards often, Burr being raised as a strict Calvinist as opposed to Edwards, a stern Puritan. On many occasions Aaron Burr attempted escapes to the sea. Edwards then would “beat him like a sack” (Welling). In a study, “Initial results were gathered in 1988 and additional arrest data was gathered in 1994. The study found that ‘being abused or neglected as a child increased the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 59 percent, as an adult by 28 percent, and for a violent crime by 30 percent’” (NCJRS). The children studied under a tutor, who later married Sally Burr (Welling). This was a contributor to Burr’s break in saneness. This tutor that the children were close to betrayed the professional relationship in exchange for an intimate one, thus making things very confusing for anyone. ​ During Aaron Burr’s political career, he attained as many enemies as he did friends (Welling). “At 20, he was assigned to George Washington's staff...
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