This Day In History: July 11

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In a This Day in History video, learn that on July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Burr was Thomas Jefferson's Vice President and Hamilton was a force behind the Constitution. The shooting was the climax of a twenty year grudge; Hamilton, a Federalist, loathed Burr, a Republican. After Hamilton publically insulted Burr and his character, Burr proposed a duel. Hamilton's shot went high, perhaps intentionally, while Burr's bullet hit Hamilton in the stomach. The next day, Hamilton died along with Burr's career in politics.