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The other plot against America

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It has become a commonplace that President Donald Trump’s post-election fabrications, culminating in his speech to the mob that stormed the Capitol, amounted to acts of sedition unprecedented in American history – a loser seeking to overturn a democratically decided election.  In fact, a variation on the theme occurred once before in American history, so long ago that the episode has been almost entirely forgotten. Besides, like Trump’s perfidy, the earlier venture was unsuccessful. I am thinking of Aaron Burr. His name is very familiar now to many people, however superficially, thanks to the success of the “Hamilton” musical. I