This is a 16 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on the American Revolutionary War - The Burr Conspiracy. Each of the slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Aaron Burr was in general disrepute after 1804 because of his political indiscretions and the fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton. His soaring ego, however, compelled him to undertake further schemes, when he conspired against the United States for a possible overthrow. Burr's exact aims are not clear today, but may have involved an effort to capture Spanish possessions in the Southwest or to engineer the secession of western states from the Union, or both.
Burr worked with 2 very interesting personalities. One was Harman Blennerhasset, an Irish immigrant who lived in splendor on an island in the Ohio River near present-day Parkersburg, WVA. The other conspirators was General James Wilkinson, a former colonial Revolutionary War officer, then governor of the Louisiana Territory. His reputation for shady dealing exceeded even Burr’s.
Burr’s trial was presided over by none other than John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Marshall, always anxious to spite Jefferson, insisted upon the narrowest possible interpretation of treason, requiring an overt act to prove treason and not just a conspiracy to do so. The case was doomed from the start. Despite Jefferson’s stage management, the prosecution’s case was badly mishandled and Burr was acquitted.
One significant sidelight of the Burr trial occurred when Chief Justice Marshall subpoenaed Jefferson to testify. The president refused to do so, citing the independent nature of the branches of the government. Jefferson’s refusal was on the grounds that the Chief Justice had no power to do so since Jefferson represented the Executive Branch of the US government, on equal footing with the Judicial Branch of the US government.
This became important in establishing the boundaries of each branch of government.
The presentation covers the following:
The President Subpoenaed
Witnesses Against Burr
Burr Flees to Europe
Final Years and Death
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....the American Revolutionary War.