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War of 1812 - WAR OF 1812 NOTES(FROM CONSEQUENCES...

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WAR OF 1812 NOTES (FROM CONSEQUENCES) consequences - domestic: o see a surge of nationalism (national pride): nation starting to think of the US as a nation - in the fighting in WO1812, US doesn’t do great, (Brits don’t do well either) - not the way most Americans in 1815 understood the way the war went: news of war got back early 1815 o though: Americans looked back to the 1760s and 70s: the brits were being ver ver rude. In the end amer had to stand up to brits and defeat them, and brits have a learning problem: just had to do the same thing with war of 1812 Brits just don’t get it so amer had to teach them another lesson! Had to go to war AGAIN! To teach them a lesson and stand up for themselves AGAIN! Jeesh. People in US had just done what the colonists had done in the latter part of colonial period: stood up successfully to the mightiest nation in the world; defended their rights Great deal of pride because of this perception - growing confidence - whole idea of new country, US, was working - perception that the country was beyond that experimental stage, was up and running, and could stand up for the British empire - identification with the US is a good thing o acting and behaving like a nation and standing up for themselves - one consequence was surge in national pride - political consequence as well: o federalists dissolve o republican faction had declared war; Madison was a republican o was the repubs in congress who had responded to M’s declaration for war against GB o federalists had opposed the war and continued opposition during the war didn’t support war of 1812 politically or economically (1812 big year: 1812 war starts and national bank ends—only signed up for 20 years; US loses central banking institution, and in 1812 did not renew charter; repubs opposed powerful central banking institution)
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made war hard to fight without a central banking institution repubs had lowered taxes to where it was hard to generate revenue had to look to private institutions to borrow money feds controlled private banks so weren’t excited about lending money to war; ended up opposing the war financially as well - during years of war things weren’t going well for US - what kills feds: way war concludes and way people think about the conclusion of the war: surge of nationalism o as a result feds come off looking back—had not supported the war, and theres a great deal of pride concerning the war so fed faction goes away (or does it?) - it is clear in 18-teens that the repubs have won; feds are so unpopular that they just dissolve o BUT! When you look at what the repubs do in mid 18-teens; wonder who actually wins? Repubs or feds? Fed faction go away but repubs are truly acting like feds; repubs have no more opposition—it evaporates; repubs left on their own to do what they want to do o Repub controlled congress, repub president - left to their own devices what to they do?
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