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They Burned the White House?: What was the War of 1812 all about?

Theme: The United States and the World: American Foreign Relations
Topic: They Burned the White House?:
What Was the War of 1812 All About?
Date: March 2005

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2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework Connections (Learning Standards):

3.9: Identify historic buildings, monuments, or sites in the area and explain their purpose and significance.

5.32: Describe the causes of the war of 1812 and how events during the war contributed to a sense of American nationalism

A. British restrictions on trade and impressments

B. Major battles and events of the war, including the role of the USS Constitution, the burning of the Capitol and the White House, and the Battle of New Orleans.

USI.22: Summarize the major policies and political developments that took place during the presidencies of George Washington (1789-1797), John Adams (1797-1801), and Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809).

A. The origins so the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties in the 1790s

B. The conflicting ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton

USI.26:  Describe the causes, course, and consequences of America’s westward expansion and its growing diplomatic assertiveness. Use a map of North America to trace America’s expansion to the Civil War, including the location of the Santa Fe and Oregon trails

A. The War of 1812.