Remembering the Forgotten Conflict

Two Hundred Years of Literature on the War of 1812

Authored by: Donald R. Hickey

The Routledge Handbook of the War of 1812

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138017719
eBook ISBN: 9781315780269
Adobe ISBN: 9781317701989

10.4324/9781315780269.ch19

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Abstract

The literature on the War of 1812 is vast.1 It dates to the war itself, and that on the causes goes back further. In the run-up to the contest, administration officials (particularly Secretary of State James Madison), members of Congress, newspaper and magazine contributors, clergymen, and others wrote tracts, speeches, and sermons that shaped the contemporary debate on the causes of the war and thus influenced the ensuing historiography. The Annals of Congress, the American State Papers, and contemporary newspapers offer a particularly rich vein of source material on the causes of the war.

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