The War of 1812

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The War Of 1812 The War of 1812 took place while president James Madison was in office. Madison was born in Orange County, Virginia in 1751. He attended the College of New Jersey, which is now well known as Princeton. Madison did many significant things both before and after he was in office. He participated in the framing of the Virginia Constitution, served in the Continental Congress and he was also a leader in the Virginia Assembly. One of his major contributions was a ratification to the Constitution. He wrote the Federalist essays along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. In writing that, many people then began referring to him as the “Father of the Constitution.” Madison felt guilty for getting all the credit so he protested that the document was not “the off-spring of a single brain,” but “the work of many heads and many hands.” Also he helped frame the Bill of Rights and enact the first revenue legislation. All of those things were done before he was elected president in 1808. On June 1, 1812, Madison asked Congress to declare war. The war was influenced by a group of people known as the “War Hawks.” The group included Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. They believed that Madison should have taken a more militant policy towards Great Britain, instead of proclaiming non-intercourse towards them because of trading issues. Madison kept in mind their suggestion and when the British impressed American seamen and took over their ships, Madison gave into the pressure and declared war. This began the War of 1812.The youthful nation definitely was not prepared for the fight. The war was many times referred to as the Second War of Independence. But a lot of people did not have much interest for this Second War of Independence... ... middle of paper ... ...2 cannot be calculated. The war was, and still is, regarded as a great success and a set off an outburst of national patriotism. In fact, three of Americas well known symbols derived from this war. They were Uncle Sam, the Star Spangled Banner, and “Old Ironsides.” It lasted from June of 1812, to the spring of 1815, a little more than two years long. It is known as one of the “forgotten wars.” It was a war that in fact, once and for all, declared American independence and American freedom.# Although many people in the beginning of the war opposed it, by the end they learned to appreciate it. In fact, even the New England Federalists who posed such an issue with the war, said that they were fed up with Federalism and it actually disappeared as a national party.# The war goes down in history as the war that made the final claim to America’s independence as a nation.

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