Duel: Hamilton Vs. Burr with Richard Dreyfuss
- Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
- Release Date: 3/13/2012
On July 11, 1804, the U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr shot and mortally wounded the former Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, in one of the most notorious duels in history. Did Hamilton really fire his shot in the air? Did Burr really intend to kill his longtime rival? Why did these two statesmen end up targeting each other on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River? Long a touchstone of American history, the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr has taken on mythic proportions. This revealing special strips the facts from the fiction surrounding their fateful encounter. Hosted by Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, the Duel: Hamilton Vs. Burr features a lively round-table discussion in which Dreyfuss, novelist Gore Vidal, biographer Ron Chernow, journalist Richard Brookhiser, historian Joanne Freeman, and other Burr-Hamilton experts debate the many facets of the deadly exchange. Was Aaron Burr the villain he's been portrayed as for the past 200 years? Do either of these two men deserve their reputations? Explore the answers to these and many other questions in this rousing investigation into a fascinating moment in U.S. history.