By Nicole Eustace
As army campaigns cross, the warfare of 1812 was once a catastrophe. by the point it resulted in 1815, Washington, D.C., were burned to the floor, the nationwide debt had approximately tripled, and territorial earnings have been negligible. but the struggle won a lot well known aid that it ushered in what's referred to as the "era of excellent feelings," a interval of relative partisan concord and reinforced nationwide id. Historian Nicole Eustace's cultural historical past of the battle tells the tale of the way a pricey, unproductive crusade received over a tender nation—largely by means of attractive to the heart.
1812 appears on the manner every one significant occasion of the conflict turned a chance to trap the yank mind's eye: from the 1st try at invading Canada, meant because the grand commencing of the struggle; to the conflict of Lake Erie, the place Oliver Perry hoisted the flag famously inscribed with "Don't surrender the Ship"; to the burning of the Capitol through the British. Presidential speeches and political cartoons, tavern songs and treatises appealed to the feelings, portray battle as an experience which can extend the land and increase possibilities for American households. the overall inhabitants, often protected against the worst parts of the battle, may possibly think themselves members in an exceptional nationwide circulation with out a lot sacrifice. strengthened with compelling pictures of heroic combating males and the dependable girls who bore teenagers for the state, struggle supporters performed on romantic notions of familial like to espouse inhabitants enlargement and territorial aggression whereas preserving obstacles on citizenship. 1812 demonstrates the importance of this clash in American historical past: the struggle that encouraged "The Star-Spangled Banner" laid the foundation for a patriotism that also reverberates today.
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1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism (Early American Studies) by Nicole Eustace