Why was the United States threatened by war between Britain and France?

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Between 1787 and 1812 the United States faced a series of foreign policy challenges that threatened its survival as a constitutional republic. The nearly continuous series of wars pitting the French against the British engulfed the European continent, disrupted ocean-going trade, and caused conflict on the U.S. frontiers. Students immerse themselves in the struggle to establish the new federal government’s role in foreign policy by recreating the debate in Congress over President Madison’s war message.



Supplemental Resources

Additional reference material for added context and support.


Heidler, David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler. The War of 1812 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002) 217 pages.

Hickey, Donald R. The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989) 457 pages.

White, Patrick C.T. A Nation on Trial: America and the War of 1812 (New York: Wiley, 1965) 177 pages.

Lesson plans, timelines, multimedia presentations, and documents
Short biography on the White House site.
Thomas Jefferson’s home. Includes biography, timeline, and artifacts.
James Madison’s correspondence, a timeline, essays, and a short biography.
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