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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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It's Antidisestablishmentarianism Week at Cambridge Considered! One appropriately-long post on the causes of antidisestablishmentarianism in Cambridge will be serialized over five days. Check out a new section posted each day!

Monday
Church and state in early Massachusetts

Tuesday
The religious establishment after the Revolution

Wednesday
The Unitarian Controversy

Thursday
Trouble in the standing order and a schism intensified

Friday
The End of the Establishment, Epilogue: the churches continue to evolve, and antidisestablishmentarianism: the word

Aaaand we're done! Woo! This was difficult but really fun.
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Thanksgiving Day marks the one-year anniversary of Cambridge Considered!

Readers who have been with Cambridge Considered since the beginning,
or who have explored the modest archives, will know that in my
first post,
I attempted to verify the rumor that a group of Harvard students hung a
turkey in a bell-tower as a Thanksgiving prank sometime in the
nineteenth century.

I continued researching, and while I still have not found a primary source, I did find an earlier description of the event.

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