Nicole Eustace's 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism (Early American PDF

By Nicole Eustace

As army campaigns pass, the struggle of 1812 was once a catastrophe. by the point it led to 1815, Washington, D.C., have been burned to the floor, the nationwide debt had approximately tripled, and territorial earnings have been negligible. but the conflict received quite a bit well known aid that it ushered in what's often called the "era of fine feelings," a interval of relative partisan concord and bolstered nationwide id. Historian Nicole Eustace's cultural historical past of the struggle tells the tale of the way a pricey, unproductive crusade received over a tender nation—largely through beautiful to the heart.

1812 appears on the manner every one significant occasion of the warfare turned a chance to catch the yankee mind's eye: from the 1st test at invading Canada, meant because the grand commencing of the conflict; to the conflict of Lake Erie, the place Oliver Perry hoisted the flag famously inscribed with "Don't quit the Ship"; to the burning of the Capitol by means of the British. Presidential speeches and political cartoons, tavern songs and treatises appealed to the feelings, portray battle as an event that may extend the land and enhance possibilities for American households. the overall inhabitants, typically protected against the worst components of the struggle, might think themselves contributors in a superb nationwide circulation with out a lot sacrifice. strengthened with compelling photos of heroic struggling with males and the unswerving girls who bore young children for the kingdom, struggle supporters performed on romantic notions of familial like to espouse inhabitants growth and territorial aggression whereas holding boundaries on citizenship. 1812 demonstrates the importance of this clash in American background: the warfare that encouraged "The Star-Spangled Banner" laid the basis for a patriotism that also reverberates today.

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