- Examine the military stalemate of the
war, particularly the American failure to conquer Canada and the relative
success of American naval forces on the Great Lakes.
REFERENCE: Donald R. Hickey, The
War of 1812 (1989).
- Examine Madisons largely unsuccessful
role as wartime president, in contrast with his genius as political theorist,
constitution-maker, and legislative leader. Indicate the various international
and domestic divisions that he proved unable to navigate in the White House.
REFERENCE: Jack N. Rakove, James
Madison and the Creation of the American Republic (1990).
- Explain the conflict of 1819 - 1820
about Missouri as the first clear indication of a deep-seated sectional division
over slavery. Emphasize the two essential principles of sectional balance
enshrined in the compromise: equal Senate representation of the 3630
line as the northern boundary of slavery.
REFERENCE: Glover Moore, The
Missouri Controversy, 1819 - 1821 (1953).
- Consider the causes and consequences of
the Monroe Doctrine. The emphasis might be on the difference between the doctrines
original context (the monarchist threat to the new Latin American republics)
and the controversial ways in which the doctrine has sometimes been invoked
in American history. Explain the relationship of the doctrine to the permanent
issue of the United States interactions with its Latin American neighbors.
REFERENCE: James E. Lewis, The
American Union and the Problem of Neighborhood (1998).