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Primary Sources: America (U.S.A.) History

The War of 1812, fought between the United States and Great Britain from 1812 to 1815, stemmed from various factors, including British impressment of American sailors, trade restrictions, and territorial disputes. Marked by notable battles like the burning of Washington, D.C., and the defense of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, the conflict showcased American resilience and patriotism. Despite initial setbacks, including the capture of Washington, the war ended in a stalemate with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. The war solidified American independence, bolstered national unity, and set the stage for territorial expansion and heightened nationalism in the years to come.

The War of 1812 Primary Source Subject Guide compiles original documents, letters, and accounts from both American and British perspectives, shedding light on the causes, battles, and consequences of this often-overlooked conflict. Through firsthand sources, readers gain insight into the political tensions, military strategies, and cultural impacts of the War of 1812, enriching understanding of this crucial chapter in American history.

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