America's First Crisis

America's First Crisis

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Engaging and accessible account of the war that helped forge the American nation. The War of 1812, sometimes called a€œAmericaa€™s forgotten war, a€ was a curious affair. At the time, it was dismissed as a€œMr. Madisona€™s War.a€ Later it was hailed by some as Americaa€™s a€œSecond War for Independencea€ and ridiculed by others, such as President Harry Truman, as a€œthe silliest damned war we ever had.a€ The conflict, which produced several great heroes and future presidents, was all this and more. In Americaa€™s First Crisis Robert P. Watson tells the stories of the most intriguing battles and leaders and shares the most important blunders and victories of the war. What started out as an effort to invade Canada, fueled by anger over the harassment of American merchant ships by the Royal Navy, soon turned into an all-out effort to fend off an invasion by Britain. Armies marched across the Canadian border and sacked villages; navies battled on Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, and the worlda€™s oceans; both the American and Canadian capitals were burned; and, in a final irony, the United States won its greatest victory in New Orleansa€”after the peace treaty had been signed. a€œWatson has produced a highly readable and lively account of the key battles, commanders, and events of this a€˜forgotten war.a€™ Watson presents this important war as not only unnecessary and filled with intrigue, but a conflict that ended up shaping both American nationalism and the geopolitical future of the continent. This book accomplishes its goal of providing a new understanding of the importance of this underappreciated war.a€ a€” Richard M. Yon, United States Military Academy a€œThis thorough, informative, and engaging narrative of the War of 1812 will be of great interest to scholars, students, and anyone interested in military history and American politics. It brings battles from over two hundred years ago to life and illustrates why studying this war is essential to understanding conflicts over US foreign and defense policy today. It combines skillful historical research with careful attention to major institutional developments in the American political system.a€ a€” Meena Bose, Hofstra University a€œProfessor Watson provides marvelous insights into Americaa€™s first declareda€”though least known and understooda€”war. From British impressments to diplomatic missteps, the reasons for this war that almost started in 1807 are illuminated. The rookie mistakes that nearly cost America her newly won independence, the defensive stands that serve as a source of pride for many Canadians, and the exhausted adventures of British crusaders are brought to life, as the characters, ships, and battles are described with vivid detail and in a straightforward manner. This book will please students of American history interested in both diplomacy and war and also satisfy the casual reader looking for greater knowledge and awareness about the War of 1812.a€ a€” Sean D. Foreman, coeditor of The Roads to Congress 2012Elting, John R. Amateurs to Arms: A Military History of the War of 1812 (New York: da Capo Press, 1995). ... Press, 1985) Frost, John, The Commodores: Stephen Decatur (Jazzybee Publishing; Kindle Edition, Kindle Locations 9a€“18). Garratyanbsp;...

Title:America's First Crisis
Author:Robert P. Watson
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2014-01-01


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