The War of 1812: Official National Park Service Handbook invites American and international audiences to better understand the contemporary significance of the War of 1812. This conflict is often dismissed as a forgotten war, sandwiched between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and at face value rarely resonates with modern and especially youthful audiences. However, as this volume explores, the War of 1812 gave birth to enduring national symbols such as the Star-Spangled Banner, and troubling and pervasive legacies such as Indian removal policy. Many questions raised during the early 19th century – what does it mean to be American? What is the role of this nation in a global political and economic community? How must democracy be protected? – relate to and continue to challenge contemporary audiences.
Produced by the Northeast Region of the National Park Service, paperback, 160 pages, ISBN: 978-1-57864-763-7.