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The Traumatic Colonel: The Founding Fathers, Slavery, and the Phantasmatic Aaron Burr

Michael J. Drexler and Ed White


In American political fantasy, the Founding Fathers loom large, as historical and mythical figures. This book examines the Founders as imaginative fictions whose significance emerged from narrative elements clustered around them. From the revolutionary era through the 1790s, the Founders took shape as a significant cultural system for thinking about politics, race, and sexuality. Yet after 1800, amid the pressures of the Louisiana Purchase and the Haitian Revolution, this system could no longer accommodate the deep anxieties about the United States as a slave nation. This book asserts that the ... More

Keywords: American political fantasy, Founding Fathers, Founders, slavery, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, post-revolutionary America, Haitian Revolution, U.S. literary history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479871674
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479871674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Drexler, author

Ed White, author