47169Re: Appalled at Americans' lack of interest in and knowledge of the War of 1812?
- Jan 21, 2014This quarter I'm teaching an elective in my Middle School on the War of 1812. Yesterday was our first day. I asked them who declared war on whom? 80% insisted the British declared war first. When I asked them to name one thing they knew for sure about the war it was an exercise in frustration. Going to be an interesting nine weeks.Michael in Wisconsin---------------------------------
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Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8:00 AM
Subject: RE: Appalled at Americans' lack of interest in and knowledge of the War of 1812?
We are a shanty crew based in Columbus Ohio “The Hardtackers” we have been booked for one 1812 event in the USA and five in Canada. There is the difference. Most US citizens have not a clue as to the war of 1812 and are not interested. We have tried to push for events over the last three years and we have been ignored. To a man and there are six of us, we have been impressed with the Canadian approach. The two main events that are this side of the border are the battle of New Orleans and the battle of Lake Erie, well I wonder what they have in common? I am aware of events to the north east of the country but very little promotion.Are you as appalled as I have become at Americans' lack of interest in and knowledge of the War of 1812?
As I market my historical novel about the war, I've discovered that many Americans are not just disinterested in the war, but act as if it never happened.
This is an important and fascinating phase of our history and I'm doing as much as possible to spread the word about a war I've become passionate about.
My own friends, for example, have come away after having read the book, shocked by the events that their education roundly ignored. They've said: "What, you mean that we actually invaded Canada?" "You're saying that northern states actually held a convention about seceding from the Union long before the South actually did?" I find it sad that such ignorance about the war is so common.
I have been encouraged, however that my book seems to have helped in that it has been reviewed as a fast-paced and engaging way to learn about the war. I've been offering one free review copy to each war-connected group that I can find. I'm, of course, hoping that they'll like it and recommend it to their friends Or give it as a gift, for example, as a vehicle for helping to spread the word. If you're interested in a copy, please let me know.
If you don't want to reply, you can check out the book at its website: http://www.madness.com/. It's called "Madness: The War of 1812."
Meanwhile, remember the Raisin!
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