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Learning Exercise: The Burr Conspiracy Trial

The Burr Conspiracy Trial
Vice-President Aaron Burr is one of United States History's most controversial figures. The Burr Conspiracy Trial documents answer the question of whether or not Burr was quilty of high treason.
Course: United States History


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
August 03, 2009


Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "Burr Conspiracy Trial." READ "The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following the questions: 1. Who were the key figures in the Trial?, 2. Why is the alledged Burr Conspiracy important?, 3. What are the contents of the Jefferson Documents and how do they impact the trial?, 4. What was Burr charged with?, 5. What did Burr say at his hearing?, 6. What does the trial testimony say about Burr's guilt?, 7. What are the main trial arguments for and against Burr?, 8. What did Chief Justice John Marshall write in his opinion?, 9. Was Burr guilty of high treason? Explain why or why not?, 10. Did Burr get a fair trial? Explain.



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


Aaron Burr; Thomas Jefferson; Western Conspiracy.



Learning Objectives

To determine whether or not former Vice-President Aaron Burr was guilty of high treason.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised



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