Dull, Jonathan R. “A Precarious Neutrality Ends in a Second War against Britain, 1805–1815.” American Naval History, 1607-1865, University of Nebraska Press, 2012, pp. 49–64. JSTOR, JSTOR, doi:10.2307/j.ctt1d9nqgf.7.
Additional Resource – Lambert, Andrew. The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812. Faber & Faber, 2012.
Terms – (1) minutemen; a man who pledged to take up arms at a minute’s notice for the US army (2) impound; to take possession of (3) privateers; an armed private ship that can attack in the name of a nation
Questions – (1) If Napoleon falsely announced the end of restrictions on American ships so the US would place sanctions on Britain then why did the American government not remove the sanctions once they realized that Napoleon had lied? If the American government was placing the sanctions on Britain because they wanted to, why did they act like Britain had a chance to prevent these sanctions? (2) From reading this article, it seems that the US used trade sanctions as an excuse for war. So why was the war still fought even after Britain dropped the sanctions? What excuse did the government use then? Was the general public upset by the US government bringing them to war and messing up the economy by removing trade partners and wasting resources on a war?
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