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Multiple Perspectives of the War of 1812 Lesson Plan

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VIDEO: Declaration of War

The War of 1812, in some ways, looked more to the past than to the future. As America's second and last war against Great Britain, it echoed the ideology and issues of the American Revolution. It was the second and last time that America was the underdog in a war and the second and last time that the nation tried to conquer Canada. It was also the last time that Indians played a major role in determining the future of the continent. In this sense, the War of 1812 was the last of the North American colonial wars.

In this multi-media history lesson adapted from the PBS program “The War of 1812,” students get an insightful overview of the diverse perspectives of those groups involved in the war: Americans, British, Canadian Colonists and First Nations.



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