HIST 389: Topics in US. History.

HIST 389-004: War of 1812
(Fall 2024)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW

Innovation Hall 330

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Section Information for Fall 2024

“America’s Forgotten War” does not occupy much space in public consciousness, but this wide-ranging conflict was essential in shaping the political, military, geographic, and economic future of the new United States, as well as the futures of Canada, Florida, the British, French, and Spanish empires, and Native American communities both east and west of the Mississippi. In this class, we will explore the origins, events, and outcomes of this forgotten war, covering topics ranging from the high politics of the Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe administrations to the daily lives of American soldiers and sailors to Native American independence movements in the heart of the continent. While the results of the war may have been indecisive in the short term, the long-term consequences of the conflict held tremendous significance for the United States and the peoples of North America. To understand this conflict and its significance, we have to think in new ways about American history, moving beyond the internal, national history of the new United States to explore Atlantic and continental contexts and the whole range of actors within those contexts.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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