Great Britain is blockading our coast and stopping all ships. They are seizing American ships that are in route to trade with France. Great Britain is also supplying Native Americans with guns and encouraging them to attack us on the



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War of 1812 WebQuest


Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences. Go in order, and use the links provided.
Put yourself back in time to the War of 1812...
Great Britain is blockading our coast and stopping all ships. They are seizing American ships that are in route to trade with France. Great Britain is also supplying Native Americans with guns and encouraging them to attack us on the frontier.
1.  Opinion: There are many people demanding war with Great Britain at this point. Do you support the war hawks and their demand for a declaration of war or will you speak out against war with Great Britain and join the doves? Why?

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Use the link below and read about the impressment of American seamen during this time.

2.  What is impressment and why do the British consider it okay to impress American citizens?



http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/history/A0825052.html

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3.  Opinion: Does this change or add to your stand as a hawk or dove? How?



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War is declared on Great Britain by the United States June 1812.

4.  What are the reasons the US is declaring war?



http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/historicspeeches/madison/warmessage.html

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5.  Opinion: Now that the US has made this decision, will you support it or speak out against it? What will be results of your decision?

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The British capture Washington in August of 1814 and burn the White House!

6.  Describe the burning of the White House (summarize the event).



http://www.history.com/news/the-british-burn-washington-d-c-200-years-ago

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7.  Opinion: How do you think this will affect morale (attitudes) among your countrymen? And how does it affect your position about the war?

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Uncle Sam and the "Star-Spangled Banner" are two patriotic symbols from this war.

8.  Describe the scene that led Francis Scott Key to write the "Star-Spangled Banner". What did he see that inspired him? (see attached)

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9.  How did we get Uncle Sam?

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~cap/sam/sam.htm

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In December of 1814 delegates from around New England meet in Hartford, Connecticut (this was known as the Hartford Convention). Most are Federalists.

10.  What are the delegates upset about? What do they threaten to do? (use your notes)

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England and America have tried to start peace discussions as early as 1813, but without much success. In August 1814, when British government officials expect results from their powerful concentration of forces in Canada, they appoint commissioners to meet with the American negotiators at Ghent.
11.  What were the terms of the Treaty of Ghent? (use your notes)

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12.  Individual Opinion: Now that you know how the war of 1812 took place and turned out would you still defend your original position of a hawk or a dove, why or why not?
Complete version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" showing spelling and punctuation from Francis Scott Key's manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.



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