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The War of 1812

The War of 1812

Discussion & Essay Questions

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • Which interpretation of the War of 1812 would you like to find true?
    • Do you tend to think that wars are usually unnecessary?
      • That with better communication and more patience they could be avoided?
    • Do you think they wars are caused by belligerent hyper-nationalists like the war hawks?
    • Do you think that partisan bickering undermines good government?
      • That the party out of power is more interested in disrupting than advancing national policy?