Thursday, June 18, 2009

The War of 1812

Today (June 18) marks the anniversary of the start of one of the most unusual wars in American history....the War of 1812.

Here's the trailer to a documentary on the War of 1812....



First Invasion: The War of 1812 is definitely pro-American. For this reason, it's been lambasted by Canadians, a few British citizens, and more than a few cynics living in the United States. And our nation has more than its fair share of cynics.

Have you seen the documentary? If so, what do YOU think?

7 comments:

ulin nuha said...

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AJ said...

I have seen this documentary...it was filmed at Fort Meigs, my home fort! Thanks for sharing. I feel sometimes this is a oft-overlooked and misunderstood war.

Anonymous said...

This program was a disappointment for me. I don’t understand why they so much attention was given to just the British attacks on Washington, Baltimore, and New Orleans. It is strange that they failed to cover the British attack at Plattsburgh with the enormously important naval battle on Lake Champlain. This attack by the British was considered by them to be their main assault, while the attack in the Chesapeake Bay was intended as a diversion to draw US troops away from the border with Upper and Lower Canada.

There is a tendency to use exaggeration throughout the program. At the beginning they claim that “America is on the brink of annihilation.” That is a ridiculous assertion. Then they state that “…only one thing stands between the enemy force and the nation’s destruction….” That is an equally ridiculous claim.

Overall it was a poor production, although certainly a patriot one.

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Dave Nichols said...

FIRST INVASION was an embarrassingly bad program, shallow and jingoistic throughout. Its treatment of the British, Canadian, and Native American perspectives on the war was either superficial or non-existent, and the producers tried to sensationalize the War of 1812 by linking it to the War on Terror, a misguided connection at best. Perhaps we'll get a good video treatment of the War of 1812 as we get closer to the bicentennial, but this isn't it. In the meantime, episode two of the PBS series WE SHALL REMAIN, which tells the story of Tecumseh and his confederacy, is a much better treatment of the War of 1812 - or, at least, the portion of it that occurred in the lower Great Lakes - than FIRST INVASION.

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