War of 1812: We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours

War of 1812: We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours

by Karen Clemens Warrick
     
 

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The War of 1812 has been described as "the second war of independence," as it again pitted the rivals of the American Revolution against one another. In 1812, the causes of the conflict hinged upon the impressment of American seamen by the British as well as impingements upon free naval trade. The war itself featured very few American military successes except some naval heroics and the bloody repulse of the British at the hands of General Andrew Jackson at New Orleans. Ironically, the American victory at New Orleans occurred after the Peace Treaty of Ghent had been signed. Of course, due to the slowness of communication channels in 1814, word was not received until after over 200 British casualties occurred. The War of 1812 is also a conflict about which very few modern Americans have even a cursory understanding. Thus, it is encouraging to read Karen Warrick's clear history of a war that helped set the stage for American emergence as a significant power in world history. In a well-crafted and carefully illustrated historical work, Warrick has done a fine job of not only telling the story of this war but also detailing some of the people who were involved. Figures such as William Henry Harrison, Oliver Perry, Dolly Madison, and Tecumseh are described in a way that is informative and realistic. Karen Warrick is to be commended for crafting a book on an important and often overlooked subject in American history. 2002, Enslow, Romaneck
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Carey's tightly organized account of the 1846-1848 war addresses the origins, strategies, battles, and people involved in the conflict. The ramifications of the war for each country are discussed in separate chapters. This exploration of one of the less-well-known wars in American history compares favorably with Don Nardo's The Mexican-American War (Lucent, 1999). Warrick explores the 1812-1815 war between the U.S. and Britain. History refers to this conflict in many ways, including "the war that nobody won," the "second war of independence," and "the incredible War of 1812." The author explains why each of these designations has some validity. Significant repercussions are summarized in the last chapter, including the meaning of the war for Native Americans. With a text that is less dry than many history books, this title will earn its keep as a circulating resource for assignments. Both volumes have numerous black-and-white illustrations, a time line, solid footnotes, and chapters that begin with relevant quotes.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766018549
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
American War Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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