America’s Second War of Independence

In this video, author Brian Kilmeade sheds light on the largely and unfortunately overlooked War of 1812. Kilmeade explains how this war got started, the daunting odds against a nation in its infancy, and the unlikely hero who secured America’s young nation’s future by pulling off one of the greatest upsets in military history.

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  1. Posted May 29, 2018 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    This rhetoric has so much gloss it might blind the unsuspecting viewer.

    The War of 1812 was most certainly not any kind of war for independence. To have that, there must be one government already existing that a faction wants to separate from to create their own government but is prevented from doing so, involving a war. That’s what the North vs South was. Britain had already acknowledged the colonies as separate states in the Treaty of Paris (1783) so there was no issue about US sovereignty.

    The 1812 didn’t resolve impressment. The British continued it throughout the war and stopped it on their victory against Napoleon, before the Treaty of Ghent. The Ghent didn’t even secure British acknowledgement of American rights on the sea or stop impressment.

    Most of the War of 1812 was an American aggression to take Canada, which they failed.

    As identified, the events that etched the War of 1812 in American memory were the burning of the capital, the Fort Henry bombardment inspiring writing of the Star Spangled Banner, and Jackson’s victory. New Englanders referred to it as Mr Madison’s War. As such, the war would have remained a minor footnote except for these three events.

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    • Barry
      Posted May 30, 2018 at 7:32 am | Permalink

      Larry, you are right about all, but I viewed Brian Kilmeade’s comments as an almost poetic extension of reality, and if he had a better more mellifluous voice, it might have been effective. The Battle of New Orleans itself was more or less factually presented. And though it was fought after the War of 1812 had concluded, the victory had far reaching effects on the United states, the concept of manifest Destiny and other things, not lest creating the legend of Old Hickory. My kind of guy. Don’t irritate him.

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