Sunday, January 8, 2023

certain affinities......................

      Flawed or not, Burr shared certain affinities with Jackson.  Both speculated in land, engaged in duels, and championed the interests of a growing West.  Importantly, they also resided outside of the prevailing American power structure.  Neither, in other words, were Virginians.  Jackson's refusal to join his congressional colleagues and laud Washington is on par with Burr's cutting insistence that the great general lacked completely "independence of character" and managed to somehow become a national hero "without talent."  Men on the make, they would have to make their own opportunities.

-David S. Brown,  The First Populist: The Defiant Life of Andrew Jackson

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