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      American Wars Series
      War of 1812
     

                  Description: War 1812 1

Sampler
War of 1812
      sampler  3’-44”   (15’ lecture)

What is the surprise ending of the disastrous War of 1812 which lets the U.S. to ignore its lessons that come back to haunt the U.S. in later generations?

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Failure to communicate.  The conflict between France & England spills over to interference with American ships for a number of years despite repeated American protests. What is the apparent irony that leads America to declare war on England in 1812?.
 

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Expansionism.  What are the reasons America goes to war with England beyond token issue of “the freedom of the seas?”
 

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Invitation to disaster.  What are the military aspects to this war which is an unmitigated disaster for America which has no standing army?  .
 

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Failure to remember.  What is the irony that the battle of New Orleans is fought after a peace treaty is signed, resulting in a major American military victory?  Why does this allow America to forget the major lessons of the war to its later detriment?