A new nation, in peril
Thirty years after the American Revolution, the young nation faced more questions than answers. What did it mean to be an American? Could a government built on democracy survive?
It was a small war, fought for obscure reasons along the fledgling republic's frontiers, but its consequences were far-reaching. The conflict helped to shape American identity, yet served not as an end, but as a harbinger for much greater change to come.
Native Nations, embroiled in Conflicts
Indigenous Peoples fought for both sides during the War of 1812. Read about their side of the story of who they were, why, if, and how they fought.Read More
Explore stories about the participants, motives, actions, causes and consequences of this misunderstood conflict through the works of 10 scholars.Read More
African Americans in the War of 1812
African Americans -- both free and enslaved -- faced difficult choices if, how, and who to support in the War of 1812. Explore these stories.Read More