The Causes of the War of 1812: National Honor or National Interest

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This is a book review of the book 'The Causes of the War of 1812: National Honor or National Interest' by Bradford Perkins. The War of 1812 was a war that the United States endeavored to stay out of. The Presidents attempts at neutrality, however, were futile. The British and the French were locked in a war, which the French tried to draw the United States into. Since the French had helped the colonies against Brittan, France expected the United States to help them in return. The Presidential administrations during the time leading up to 1812 tried not to show favor to either side, preferring to stay away from the conflict altogether. Brittan was not taking any chances in that the United States might help the French and began confiscating ships and impressing the American sailors on the ships. The United States was not entirely committed to neutrality as well since they coveted British possessions to the north in Canada.

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American Federal Period Rocio Hinojosa Dr. Brad Duren10/29/2007Perkins, Bradford. The Causes of the War of 1812: National Honor or National Interest. New York: Hold, Rinehart, & Winston Inc., 1962.The War of 1812 was a war that the United States endeavored to stay out of. The Presidents attempts at neutrality, however, were futile. The British and the French were locked in a war, which the French tried to draw the United States into. Since the French had helped the colonies against Brittan, France expected the United States to help them in return. The Presidential administrations during the time leading up to 1812 tried not to show favor to either side, preferring to stay away from the conflict altogether. Brittan was not taking any chances in that the United States might help the French and began confiscating ships and impressing the American sailors on the ships. The United States was not entirely committed to neutrality as well since they coveted British possessions to the north in Canada. The declaration of war in June 1812 was the product of resentment at various British actions that in effect challenged American sovereignty on the sea or on the land (1).The United States declared its neutrality and tried to stay on good terms with both countries, especially Brittan because of the economic opportunities. The English were making it hard, however, to stay on good terms with them. The English placed restrictions on neutra

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