12 The Second War for Independence and, the Upsurge of Nationalism, 1812–1824 Chapter Themes Theme

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  • Analyze the Federalist opposition and the Hartford Convention. Consider whether the charge of treason was justified.

  • Discuss the war in relation to Canada. Consider how it might look from a Canadian perspective.

  • Analyze one or more of Marshall’s rulings—for example, McCulloch v. Maryland—in order to show how he strengthened conservative federal power against the democratizing tendencies of states’ rights.

  • Discuss the mixed motives behind the Monroe Doctrine and the ambiguous meanings that could be attached to it. Consider whether its primary purpose was to thwart Britain and the Old World powers, to protect the Latin American republics, or assert American security interests.

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