So much about Alexander Hamilton, one of our country's most visionary Founding Fathers, is inspiring to 21st-century Americans.

He was an immigrant from the Caribbean, a disadvantaged orphan who became a war hero, a self-made man who rose to become a framer of the U.S. Constitution and architect of the American financial system.

But Hamilton was not without faults – a "poison-tipped pen" earned him enemies, particularly politician Aaron Burr, with whom he clashed for a decade before the then vice president fatally shot Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

In her book, "Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr," Dr. Nancy Isenberg has written a full and sympathetic portrait of the historically maligned Burr.

She examines Burr's actions in the light of late 18th-century and early 19th-century American customs, showing that, Burr is similar to his more-respected peers, like Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

Isenberg will come to Worthington on Sept. 28 as part of Worthington Libraries' Hear & Now series. She will talk about "Fallen Founder" at 7 p.m. at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St.

Isenberg, a history professor at Louisiana State University, is the author of "White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America;" "Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America," which examines the origins of the women's rights movement; and "Madison and Jefferson."

Tickets for Isenberg's presentation can be purchased for $15 in person at the MAC; by phone at 614-431-0329; and online at

This author event is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America," a traveling exhibit at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., through Oct. 8.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.