the war of 1812

comparative Essay
850 words
850 words

The War of 1812, also known as “America’s Forgotten War” and “America’s Worst Fought War,” was fought between the U.S. and Great Britain over violations of the U.S. seafaring rights. The British intrusion with American fur trade and their illegal impressment of seamen off American ships severely strained Anglo-American relations in the years before the war. According to the New Standard Encyclopedia, “There is considerable disagreement as to why this ultimately led to war and what this war represented. (W.30)” The strongest pressure of war came from Congressional leaders known as “the War Hawks” who mainly represented the western frontier and the South. Their main interest was the conquest of Canada and Florida. The British encouraged and supported the Tecumseh Indians, who had inflicted severe losses, to bring them the scalps of the American soldiers that ultimately led to the Massacre of Fort Dearborn on June 18th, 1812. The war ended with the treaty of Ghent. According to the “Just War Theory” outlined in this essay-- this war was an unjust war. According to Jon Dorbolo “A just war must be initiated by a political authority within a political system that allows distinctions of Justice.” President Madison (1809-1817) made attempts to stop the war by exchanging the Embargo Act of (1807-1809) by President Jefferson with the Non-Intercourse act which opened up all other foreign markets except Britain and France. Due to the fact that the British and France markets where the biggest markets available this did little to nothing to improve the struggling U.S economy. After three years of failed negotiation, the pro-war voices in Congress were much stronger in America. In June 1812, swayed of the inevitability of war against Britain, P... ... middle of paper ... ... Oct. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. Document URL -War of 1812 (2014). In Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved March 23, 2014, from Encyclopedia Britannica Online: -Dorbolo, Jon. "Just War Theory." Http:// Http://, 2001. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the war of 1812 was fought between the united states and great britain over violations of u.s. seafaring rights. british intrusion with american fur trade and illegal impressment of seamen off american ships severely strained anglo-american relations.
  • Explains how president madison tried to stop the war by exchanging the embargo act of (1807-1809) by president jefferson with the non-intercourse act which opened up all other foreign markets except britain and france.
  • Concludes that the war of 1812 can be viewed from many different aspects, but comparing the facts only with the criteria of a "just war" the evidence points to an unjust war.
  • Cites jackson, andrew, and adrienne wilmoth lerner in social policy: essential primary sources.
  • Explains that james madison was the father of the constitution.
  • Describes the war of 1812 (2014) in encyclopedia britannica, inc.
  • Explains the just war theory, which states that war is morally permissible only when no other means to achieving the just cause is possible.
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