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First Invasion
The War of 1812
The American Revolution delivered to the world not only a new nation but the firm promise that
the United States would provide an example of independence, freedom, equality, and sovereignty.
Yet just thirty years after independence from Great Britain was won, the War of 1812 signaled
that the tests the United States would face, both internally and externally, were severe. Tension
between the United States and England persisted in the years after the revolution. A complex set
of concerns, including the impressments of American citizens into the British navy and the
ongoing efforts of the British to control commerce on the high seas, thrust the two nations into
Select three (3) questions to answer, along with questions #6 on the
right-side of your spiral. Place topic in Cornell column and answers in the note section.
1. James Madison - What were the main issues which led to James
Madison’s Declaration of War in 1812? What was impressment and why
do you think it became such an issue between the U.S. and Great Britain?
2. Federalists - Why did the New England Federalists oppose the war?
How did this opposition play into later events in the war? How was the
U.S. military unprepared for war as they took on the British in Canada?
3. Washington - The burning of Washington was a pivotal event in the War
of 1812. How did Dolley Madison and Stephen Pleasanton help “save” the
nation’s history?
4. Women - Though the War of 1812 was fought by men, women
contributed to the war effort in several ways discussed in the documentary.
What are some of the contributions women made to the war?
5. New Orleans - How did miscommunication lead to the extension of the
war to New Orleans? What methods did General Andrew Jackson use to
fortify New Orleans in the military battle against the British?
6. Treaty of Ghent - What do you think the long-term ramification of the
war were for the United States and for the British? Why do you think the
War of 1812 has been referred to as “America’s Forgotten War”?
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