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May 12, 2005
The Forgotten War

Feeling a bit under the weather today and coming to the end of this major headache project at work this week and next, I decided to take an evening off from blogging and watch the History Channel's special on the War of 1812. Titled "First Invasion", the two-hour show reviews what for many Americans is a forgotten war, but one that clearly shaped our early notions of nationalism and ability to stand among other nations.

The war started over an issue that had largely been resolved before the first shot was fired, and the greatest American victory of the war came two weeks after the treaty that ended it was signed. Our capitol was sacked, and only saved from burning to the ground by a hurricane and a tornado that inflicted more damage on the invaders than the American militia that the British swatted aside like flies. The Canadians beat us like a drum, and New England almost seceded from the Union in support of the British trade that was their main commercial enterprise. The city of Baltimore wound up proving that Americans could stand and fight for themselves and deserved its place among nations.

If none of that sounds familiar to you, tune in to the next showing of "First Invasion". The History Channel skillfully weaves the historical, political, and cultural issues together to present a much clearer understanding of one of our murkier wars, an unpopular war that almost undid James Madison's presidency but one which ultimately vindicated our existence as a nation. It will play again in a couple of hours, and then will likely repeat during the month.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 12, 2005 9:12 PM

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