Today in History: The War of 1812 Begins

This day (June 18) in 1812 marks the beginning of the War of 1812 after the U.S., under the presidency of James Madison, declared war on Great Britain. There were three major reasons for this declaration: Britain’s economic blockade of France, the capturing of American seaman and forcing them to serve in the British Royal Navy against their will, and Britain’s support of warring Native American tribes in the Great Lakes frontier.

It was in this war that the White House and Capitol were burned by the British when they captured Washington, D.C., in August 1814.

The war was ended when the Treaty of Ghent (Belgium) was signed December 24, 1814. The last actions of the war, however, took place in 1815, because communications were slow. One of the most significant battles fought in the war was the Battle of New Orleans, which was won by General Andrew Jackson’s American forces on January 8, 1815. The United States ratified the Treaty of Ghent on February 17, 1815.

Of the most significant outcomes of this war, which has been called “a second war of independence,” and its treaty is the peaceful relationship between the United States and Great Britain, a peace that has lasted to this day. Other results of the war include: The Star Spangled Banner, the increased establishment of the United States as a naval power, the expansion of the Great Lakes region, and a defined border with Canada.

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1812: The War That Forged a Nation (Paperback)

1812: The War That Forged a Nation (Paperback)

Author: Borneman, Walter R.    ISBN-13: 9780060531133    ISBN-10: 0060531134   

"Without question, this is the best popular account of the War of 1812. ... A gripping narrative, concluding with the stunning victory won by a ragtag American army in New Orleans." — Robert V. Remini, author of The Life of Andrew Jackson

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  • Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The White House (Hardback)

    Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The White House (Hardback)

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    "The White House has served as home to more than 40 American presidents since 1800. Over the years—with each president who has entered its doors—the mansion has undergone much restoration. Both joyful and sorrow-filled times have been had there. But through it all, the White House has stood the test of time. It is a cherished symbol of our nation's unity and perseverance." — Childrens Press, Publisher

  • Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Capitol (Hardback)

    Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Capitol (Hardback)

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    "The statue Freedom tops the Capitol's magnificent dome, and at its base the Latin words E Pluribus Unum—"Out of many, one"—are inscribed. For it is here where members of Congress ensure that the many different voices of the United States will be heard." — Childrens Press, Publisher

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    The American President (Hardback)

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    "I absolutely loved reading this original and fascinating approach to the American presidency." — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer prize-winning historian

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    American Government: Great Lives (Hardback)

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    "Sometimes, in fact, the nearly forgotten have had more of an effect on the nation's course than more celebrated figures." — Doris and Harold Faber, Authors

  • Kids´ Letters to President Bush (Hardback)

    Kids' Letters to President Bush (Hardback)

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    Over 300 children's letters to President George W. Bush have been compiled and edited in this collection.

  • Kids Discover Magazine: Washington, D.C. (Paperback)

    Kids Discover Magazine: Washington, D.C. (Paperback)

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    "Congress named the area District of Columbia, in honor of Christopher Columbus, but people called it Washington, in honor of the country's first president. Today, the city is Washington, District of Columbia, or D.C. for short." — from "The District of Columbia" (page 2)

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    Kids Discover Magazine: Washington, D.C. (Paperback) [Ex-Library]

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    "Congress named the area District of Columbia, in honor of Christopher Columbus, but people called it Washington, in honor of the country's first president. Today, the city is Washington, District of Columbia, or D.C. for short." — from "The District of Columbia" (page 2)

  • 1812: The War That Forged a Nation (Paperback)

    1812: The War That Forged a Nation (Paperback)

    $6.99

    "Without question, this is the best popular account of the War of 1812. ... A gripping narrative, concluding with the stunning victory won by a ragtag American army in New Orleans." — Robert V. Remini, author of The Life of Andrew Jackson

  • Save Our History: The Star-Spangled Banner, Teacher\\\'s Manual, Grades K-8 (Paperback)

    Save Our History: The Star-Spangled Banner, Teacher's Manual, Grades K-8 (Paperback)

    $5.95

    "The history of the Star-Spangled Banner is a great story. It gives teachers an exciting vehicle for introducing countless aspects of American history, ranging from the grand scale event, such as the War of 1812, to the small, human detail of Mrs. Pickersgill sewing the flag in a brewery." — A&E Television Networks, Publisher

  • Save Our History: The White House: 200th Anniversary, Teacher\'s Manual, Grades K-12 (Paperback)

    Save Our History: The White House: 200th Anniversary, Teacher's Manual, Grades K-12 (Paperback)

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    "Save Our History is The History Channel's national campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. The 200th Anniversary of the White House fits perfectly under this umbrella, because it provides a creative spring board for studying history, through a variety of disciplines." — Libby H. O'Connell, Ph.D., The History Channel

  • Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Bill of Rights (Hardback)

    Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Bill of Rights (Hardback)

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    "A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to ... and what no just government should refuse." — Thomas Jefferson

  • Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Constitution (Hardback)

    Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Constitution (Hardback)

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    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." — Preamble

  • Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Star-Spangled Banner (Hardback)

    Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Star-Spangled Banner (Hardback)

    $2.99

    "He jotted the words on the back of an envelope. By the time Key was released, he had written four stanzas to what has become the most revered musical piece in American history." — Childrens Press, Publisher

  • Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of Old Ironsides (Hardback)

    Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of Old Ironsides (Hardback)

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    "The Constitution's thick oak planks protected its sides, and many British cannon balls bounced off them. When one of the American seamen saw this he shouted, 'Hurrah! Her sides are made of iron!' Soon other sailors took up the cheer, and after that sailors called her Old Ironsides." — Norman Richards, Author


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