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.

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Stories

Thirty years after the American Revolution, the young nation faced more questions than answers. What did it mean to be an American? Could a

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People

Whether for, against, or indifferent to the War of 1812, citizens of many nations impacted and were impacted by this conflict.

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Places

Many sites in both the U.S. and Canada still preserve today the history of the War of 1812

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Learn More

Bring the War of 1812 to your classroom and your living room with these educational resources for kids

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