Jun. 18th, 2012

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I'm not one to celebrate the anniversary of a war, but I will mark the occasion. Here are some musings and resources on the War of 1812.

This month is the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812. President James Madison declared war on Great Britain two hundred years ago today, June 18, 1812.
If the War of 1812 has a reputation among non-historians, it's that American War that no one knows anything about today. I disagree; I think the Spanish-American War and the Mexican-American War are even less known, to say nothing of the Quasi-War with France or the Barbary Wars (not that I'm an expert on any of these myself). America was pretty bellicose in the 19th Century.
However, the War of 1812 rarely ever gets the spotlight except now, because of its bicentennial.

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