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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.


Date: 2012-06-18 06:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laurion
I think people know more about 1812 than say, French and Indian War (Technically a colonial war, not a US one), the dozens of Indian wars as we expanded westward (like the Mohave, Sioux, etc), and a handful of 'Wars' that weren't military in nature (like the Sheep, Coal, and Railroad 'Wars').

What interests me is the way veterans of one war are considered and respected when the next war comes along. It seems like we've had a substantive conflict every 40-50 years. The character of the war and the impact on those at home changes though, and I think that's why the events of the civil war obscure those of the 1812, and in many ways the stories of WW2 obscure the conversation about our involvement in WW1. It was just four months ago that we lost the last living veteran from WW1...

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