This is old news for all of you who are just starting to recover from celebrating this particular anniversary, but for the rest of our readership:
The War of 1812 turned 200 last week!
A few links to get you caught up:
- A primer on America’s least remembered war from historian James Lundberg
- A reminder that ours is not the first generation of Americans to forget that there was a War of 1812
- Our own Chris Gehrz blogged about the challenges of commemorating this war (from multiple perspectives) last November
- According to journalist Adam Chandler, “there is much that modern-day Americans can learn from this clumsy moment in the nation’s childhood”
- And a lesser-known side of the war: it was an early test of conscientious objection for Christian pacifists like Canadian Anabaptists, whose descendants are protesting that this piece of the story is being glossed over in that country’s commemorations