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The Traumatic ColonelThe Founding Fathers, Slavery, and the Phantasmatic Aaron Burr$
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Michael J. Drexler and Ed White

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871674

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871674.001.0001

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(p.168) Conclusion
The Traumatic Colonel

Michael J. Drexler

Ed White

NYU Press

This concluding chapter explains the significance of not only examining the relationship between a historical reality and a secondary literary reflection, but also the perturbing of that relationship. This includes looking at the distortions of history as imaginative and the tensions of literary expression as illuminating. If Aaron Burr continues to have significance for some people today, it is not because of his historical importance but because of the power of the imaginative (and often literary) creations of 1800–1807. What the Burr case evokes is a reconstituted project of literary history; the writing and reading of Burr came with the characterological work of the Revolution. The chapter closes with a few speculations about the aftermath of the Burr moment, elicited by some texts at the end of Burr's decade.

Keywords:   historical reality, literary reflection, Aaron Burr, historical distortions, literary expressions, Revolution, Burr moment

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