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The War of 1812 Anniversary

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. It was on June 18, 1812 that the United States declared war on Great Britain, and although it is arguably one of America's least remembered wars, it was during this time that many legendary battles were fought, heroes made, and memorable events occurred. It was during this war that the British burned the White House and First Lady Dolley Madison helped to save several valuable items — such as George Washington's portrait and original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was during this war that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry. It was during this war that the infamous Battle of New Orleans was fought, making a national hero of Andrew Jackson. It was also during this war that several crucial battles were fought in the Great Lakes Region, including the surrender of the Detroit to the British. The causes for the conflict were many, including attempts by the British to restrict U.S. trade, and the desire by Americans to expand their territory — specifically into Florida and Canada. Hostilities came to an end on December 24, 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

The burning of Washington: the British invasion of 1814 by Anthony S. Pitch

The dawn's early light by Lord, Walter, 1917-2002

1812: the war that forged a nation by Walter R. Borneman

The flag, the poet & the song: the story of the Star- Spangled Banner by Irvin Molotsky

HMS Detroit: the battle for Lake Erie by Robert Malcomson, Thomas Malcomson

Mr. and Mrs. Madison's war: America's first couple and the second war of independence by Hugh Howard

Patriotic fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans by Winston Groom

Union 1812: the Americans who fought the second war of independence by A.J. Langguth

The War of 1812 by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler

The War of 1812 [videodisc] by a production of WNED-TV and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.; in association with WETA; a film by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey; written by Ken Chowder