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A Look Back at the War of 1812, by Harrell Rhome, Ph.D.


A Look Back at the War of 1812

By Harrell Rhome, Ph.D.

Was the War of 1812 an unavoidable war? Was it a just war, unlike so many of America’s wars? What were the real issues that caused the conflict, and were they resolved by the bloodshed? In this article, written upon the 200th anniversary of the conflict, TBR editorial board member Dr. Harrell Rhome takes a look at the War of 1812—called by some America’s Second War for Independence—and finds that this was a war America could most likely not have avoided.

Except for the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, the wars in which the United States has fought were avoidable and strategically unnecessary. This includes the War Between the States, which was essentially a struggle over the constitutional rights of states versus the encroaching power of the U.S. federal government. The highly politicized slavery question could have been resolved without war, but that’s a topic for another essay. The War of 1812 ended the Federalist Party, raising several issues that remained unresolved and which arose again half a century later when Southern and Northern interests conflicted and war ensued. [read the entire article as PDF…]

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