Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr November 4, 2016

Filed under: Nonfiction Titles — elinsenmeyer @ 2:25 pm


Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were the American Revolution’s version of frenemies. They were both orphaned at a young age, went to college young and were at the top of their classes, fought together during the American Revolution, worked together as lawyers, and helped shape the 13 colonies into the United States of America. Though they had similar backgrounds, the two men were very different: Alexander Hamilton was hot-tempered and impatient, while Aaron Burr was calm and patient, which meant that the two didn’t see eye to eye on how things should be handled.

And then one day, on July 11th, 1804, they meet for one last fight.

The Duel is a great supplement to read after you’ve finished the musical Hamilton because it talks about a lot of the events that the musical just briefly touched. The fact that many people know how the duel will end before it even begins makes this all the more interesting. Pick it up, and try not to sing along!



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