By Nicole Eustace

As army campaigns pass, the struggle of 1812 used to be 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 received rather a lot well known aid that it ushered in what's often called the "era of excellent feelings," a interval of relative partisan concord and reinforced nationwide id. Historian Nicole Eustace's cultural heritage of the struggle tells the tale of the way a pricey, unproductive crusade gained over a tender nation—largely by means of attractive to the heart.

1812 seems to be on the method every one significant occasion of the battle turned a chance to seize the yankee mind's eye: from the 1st try at invading Canada, meant because the grand starting of the warfare; 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 conflict as an event that may extend the land and enhance possibilities for American households. the overall inhabitants, regularly protected from the worst components of the battle, may well think themselves members in a superb nationwide circulate with no a lot sacrifice. strengthened with compelling photographs of heroic battling males and the unswerving girls who bore little ones for the country, battle supporters performed on romantic notions of familial like to espouse inhabitants growth and territorial aggression whereas keeping barriers on citizenship. 1812 demonstrates the importance of this clash in American heritage: the struggle that encouraged "The Star-Spangled Banner" laid the foundation for a patriotism that also reverberates today.

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