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This is a four part unit by Reading Through History. It documents the opening stages of the War of 1812. The lessons include "Mr. Madison's War," "The War at Sea," "The War in Canada and the Great Lakes Region," and "Oliver Hazard Perry." Each of these topics is covered thoroughly, and there is enough material to for 2-4 days of class, depending on if one or two lessons are done in a period.
**My students typically finish an assignment in around 30 minutes.
Topics mentioned in the lessons include:
-The U.S. Congress voting to declare war on Great Britain
-Why the war should have never occurred
-Opposition to the war
-How unprepared both sides were for the conflict
-Reasons why President Madison believed the war would end quickly
-Why many bankers refused to fund the war
-Why it was called "Mr. Madison's War"
-The USS Constitution vs. the HMS Guerriere
-Other early successes of the fledgling US Navy
-James Lawrence and the USS Chesapeake
-"Don't Give Up the Ship"
-US attempts to take Canada
-The British capture of Fort Detroit and Fort Dearborn
-The slaughter of US troops at the hands of the Potawatamie
-William Henry Harrison reclaiming Fort Detroit
-The Battle of the Thames and the death of Tecumseh
-The US capture and burning of York (Toronto)
-The death of Zebulon Pike
-Oliver Hazard Perry at Put-In-Bay
-US victory on the Great Lakes
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