The War of 1812

Synopsis

"Entangled in Napoleonic conflicts of the European continent, the impetus for fighting the War of 1812 grew hazy. The war deeply divided American sentiment, perhaps even more than Vietnam, and both the United States and Great Britain were mired in confusion until the conflict's inconclusive end. In this collection, renowned historians David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler put the War of 1812 in historical and social context. A general overview provides the background for the conflict. Individual essays examine Jefferson's ineffective use of sanctions as a diplomatic tool, the difficulties a young nation faced with fighting and bankrolling a war against a major power, U. S.-Indian relations, and the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the conflict but failed to deliver total resolution. Detailed biographies of key players, a timeline, and primary source documents including Madison's recommendation of war, a British soldier's description of the burning of Washington, D. C., and General Andrew Jackson's account of his great victory at New Orleans, bring life to the war's controversial and destructive nature. A selection of portraits and cartoons add a valuable visual component to this all-in-one guide to a forgotten war." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2002