Private Relationships, Public Consequences...The personal relationships between Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson had complex public consequences on a new and fragile nation.  How aware were this men...

Private Relationships, Public Consequences...

The personal relationships between Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson had complex public consequences on a new and fragile nation.  How aware were this men of the powerful impact their personal lives were going to have on our nation's history?

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The three men had stormy relationships. Although they were able to put their differences aside sometimes, they were clearly not always able to do so. This led to the duel between Burr and Hamilton.
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It is very hard to state with any accuracy how these founding fathers would have anticipated or thought about the far-reaching consequences of their actions and discussions. I think kwoo1213 raises an excellent point however in really challenging us and political leaders to consider how far we have strayed from these original ideas and why.

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I don't think any of the 3 coud have fathomed the effect that they would have on our nation.  I have thought many times about what our founding fathers would think about the state of our country now!  I'm sure they would be quite upset and shocked at how different our government has become from how it was intended to function.

It gives me great solice that someone else actually thinks about what our founding fathers would think about the current state of affairs!!! However I must admit that I do believe they would all admire the fact we made it this long.  By the time the Articles of Confederation was showing that it had tremendous flaws, Washington called a meeting at Mount Vernon and actually considered the possibility that our new nation would not survive to 1800. 

I do agree with you that there are quite a few things about our country that they would be very proud of and quite astonished by, like the technological advances, the civil rights movement, etc.

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I don't think any of the 3 coud have fathomed the effect that they would have on our nation.  I have thought many times about what our founding fathers would think about the state of our country now!  I'm sure they would be quite upset and shocked at how different our government has become from how it was intended to function.

It gives me great solice that someone else actually thinks about what our founding fathers would think about the current state of affairs!!! However I must admit that I do believe they would all admire the fact we made it this long.  By the time the Articles of Confederation was showing that it had tremendous flaws, Washington called a meeting at Mount Vernon and actually considered the possibility that our new nation would not survive to 1800. 

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I don't think any of the 3 coud have fathomed the effect that they would have on our nation.  I have thought many times about what our founding fathers would think about the state of our country now!  I'm sure they would be quite upset and shocked at how different our government has become from how it was intended to function.

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