Chapter Nine: The Second War for Independence and the rise of Nationalism
Come along as the Americans fight the mighty British a second time in 1812, to convincingly win, this time without the help of the French, their second war for independence. Join President James Madison as the British Redcoats run him out of his capital and burn Washington, D.C. Then join Oliver Hazard Perry's bold crew of sea tars on "Old Iron Sides" as they make match sticks out of the Royal Navy's venerable battle ships. Commiserate with the misguided American attempt to persuade the Canadians to abandon Mother England and join the United States, then rejoice with Andrew Jackson in New Orleans as his motley crew of ragged militia humiliate the best British troops that could be sent against them, themselves victors over the disciplined armies of Napoleon Bonaparte in France. Be at the peace table when the Americans finally get the respect they always knew they deserved, and note how Henry Clay's new American System of economic growth was immediately put forward to jump start the nation to new levels of national prosperity, aided and abetted by John Marshall's Supreme Court, who made sure that national priorities always trumped local interests in the cases brought before them. And finally, rejoice with courtly President James Monroe as he declares to the whole world that America has arrived on the world stage, is not to be trifled with, and will protect and defend American interests anywhere in the Western hemisphere. This file is 2 hr. 54 min. in length and 159 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.