Neither side had settled any of the issues they were originally fighting over, nor had either side technically "won" according to the Treaty of Ghent (1814). The United States did gain some things indirectly from the war though, like another degree of respect from foreign nations and the identification of more war heroes. The war also proved that the Americans were able to survive completely separated from European Affairs. None of these results though were the desired ones from the war. If the Americans would have been able to put aside their regional selfishness and differences, perhaps the War of 1812 would have accomplished more for the United States than it really did
It is to Madison's credit though that even though he allowed the nation to fall into war that it was not prepared for he was able to, with help from the nation itself, to win the war and lead the nation to a new era of nationalism within America. International relations are a important part of any presidency. James Madison, while not having the best skills in this department had sufficient knowledge to keep the nation much better off than it could have been if he made mistakes here. Madison's foreign policies keep America in good standing with the French and even though eventually there was a war, relations with the British were not that bad compared to what they could have been. Neither side was extremely wanting of a war between each other.
“The Americans gave up their demand for a British renunciation of impressments and for the cession of Canada to the United States” (Brinkley 197). For the Indians, the war also proved to be disastrous for their capacity to resist against white expansion and settlement. The War of 1812, which finally ended in 1814 least mildly favored the United States. The British no longer had any reason to interfere with American trade because of their defeat against the French Empire. The Indians in the way of expansion were not an issue anymore; because they were no longer able defend their lands; Americans now felt safer settling in the west.
It seemed that Britain’s army was incredibly intimidating, but as Britain soon found out, this war was so much more than a number game. When Britain entered the war, one of their biggest problems was uneven support for the war. There were many American sympathizers in British Parliament. These sympathizers saw the revolt in the colonies as a plausible and reasonable reaction. The fact that parliament as a whole was not in complete favor of the onc... ... middle of paper ... ...ary War, it is a miracle they came out victorious.
Ultimately, against all odds, the Americans defeated the British in a victorious surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. It is unquestionable that the war gained us political independence, for without it we would still be governed by England. As Carl Becker stated, the Revolution helped us conquer the problem of “home rule”, but now we faced the question of “who should rule at home”. Accordingly, Congress appointed a committee t... ... middle of paper ... ...volution may have influenced the ideals of slavery being unmoral, but it did not abolish it. Very few changes occurred that would essentially help slaves savor the sensation of freedom as the American people did.
The War of 1812 was definitely a war this nation could have gone without taking part in. It was ridiculous to lose so many valuable American lives for such worthless reasons - pride. Pride should be swallowed in certain occasions: this was definitely a time in which our leaders of America could easily have swallowed their pride at much less of a cost. American merchants and greed can be held at fault for this costly American war. Had merchants not pushed so hard this war may had been avoided, but they fact is it did.
It took an immense amount of leadership to overcome the divide created by the Civil War. Events like these have pushed America’s leadership to its greatest limits, but with each tough trial, Americans have been able to rise above and come out stronger. Will everyone rise to become a leader in America? Of course not, but this does not mean that leadership is not our best quality, that it is not what makes us America the free, home of the brave. We are free because many people got tired of being followers of a country that only pushed them around and treated them like they were an insignificant nuisance, only in the New Land for Britain’s benefit.
The colonists had the benefit of an exceedingly morale filling cause that most could not help but route for. Britain tried to fight a war the traditional way without incentive for victory. Entering the American Revolutionary War, the colonists possessed a keen desire and aspiration to have and keep their freedom. With determination the chaotic army of America strived toward victory. The British had the powers of money, numbers, and experience, but sometimes the seemingly potent advantages have little effect on the determination of free will.
The potential risks in changing this policy and settling the existing grievances against Britain by force were many. The United States objected to many British maritime practices. The British carried out most of these practices in the 1790's during the first period of the war between Britain and France. However, they enforced them much more often after the renewed hostilities in 1803. The British shipping interests and their supporters also felt the American merchant marine was profiting immensely from the European wars.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt certainly did a good job of "holding ground." When the war broke out, America had found its ticket back to prosperity (even if it was not because of F.D.R himself), but if F.D.R had not stopped the situation from becoming worse, America may not have been in a position to join the war (with comfort and confidence), let alone prosper from it!