Chapter 9

Chapter 9: The Early Republic

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New England and the War of 1812


How did New Englanders perceive the War of 1812?

The War of 1812 was popular in the South and West, but New Englanders had viewed the march to war with dismay. As a center of international trade, the region suffered when the United States was drawn into the European conflict. As the war progressed, Federalist Party members met in Hartford, Connecticut. The delegates crafted resolutions intended to protect the region's economy and limit the political power of the South. Unfortunately, their meeting coincided with the announcement of a peace treaty, making the Federalists appear weak or even cowardly.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. Plain Calculations: What will be the cost and consequence of the war? What will be the Gain?
  2. Hartford Convention (1814)
  3. Preparation for War to Defend Commerce
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