Chapter 8 Republican Ascendancy: The Jeffersonian Vision

C. Fumbling Toward Conflict

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C. Fumbling Toward Conflict

In 1811, the anti-British mood of the country intensified. In the West, the

uprising led by Tecumseh was widely believed to have been the work of British

agents. In Congress, a group of fiercely nationalistic representatives, the War

Hawks, demanded a war against England to preserve American honor.

On June 1, 1812, Madison finally sent Congress a declaration of war. Had there been a telegraph between London and Washington, the war might not have begun because England had just suspended the Orders in Council. This confusing preamble typified the war in general. The vote for war in Congress was close, and nobody seemed to know what the United States intended to gain from victory.

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